831 species

Echinopora robusta

Veron, 2000


Lamarck, 1816

Characters: Colonies are massive or are thick plates. Corallites are up to 8 millimetres diameter, closely compacted, and thick walled. Septo-costae are in two alternating cycles, those of the first cycle being very exsert and coarsely beaded. Columellae are large and consist primarily of fused paliform lobes.

Colour: Grey- or greenish-brown.

Similar Species: Echinopora forskaliana. See also E. hirsutissima, which has relatively widely spaced corallites, less conspicuous first cycle septo-costae and smaller columellae. Colonies with closely compacted corallites are Favia-like.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Rare.

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