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.
Taxonomic Note: A species complex.
Taxonomic References: Chevalier (1975); Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977); Wijsman-Best (1980); Veron (2000a); Huang, Benzoni, Fukami et al. (2014);
Identification Guides: Veron (1986a); Sheppard and Sheppard (1991); Nishihira and Veron (1995); Coles (1996); Turak and DeVantier (2011b);