831 species

Euphyllia divisa

Veron and Pichon, 1980


Dana, 1846

Characters: Colonies may be over one metre across. Colonies have the same skeletal structure as Euphyllia ancora. They are flabello-meandroid with exsert septa which plunge near the valley centre. Valley walls form sharp edges. There are no columellae. Polyps have large tubular tentacles with smaller tubular branches. All branches have knob-like tips.

Colour: Translucent cream or green tentacles with pale tips.

Similar Species: Euphyllia ancora has an identical skeleton but distinctive tentacles. Euphyllia paradivisa has similar tentacles, but is phaceloid.

Habitat: Large colonies are usually found in shallow, turbid environments and are commonly attached to vertical surfaces.

Abundance: Seldom common, but conspicuous.

Taxonomic Note: A species complex.

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