831 species

Echinopora lamellosa

(Esper, 1791)


Lamarck, 1816

Characters: Colonies are thin laminae arranged in whorls or tiers or, rarely, forming tubes. Stands over 5 metres across are not unusual. Corallites are relatively thin walled and small (2.5-4 mm diameter). Columellae are small and compact, and paliform lobes are well developed.

Colour: Amber, pale to dark brown or greenish, often with darker brown or green calices.

Similar Species: Echinopora ashmorensis, E. pacificus and E. gemmacea.

Habitat: May be a dominant species in shallow water habitats with flat substrates.

Abundance: Common.

Taxonomic Note: A species complex.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change