831 species

Herpolitha weberi

(van der Horst, 1921)


Eschscholtz, 1825

Characters: Colonies are flat, narrow and elongate, usually with pointed ends. Mouths occur only within the axial furrow, which runs to the tips of the colony. Usually all septo-costae extend from the axial furrow to the perimeter. Tentacles may be extended day and night.

Colour: Pale brown or mottled.

Similar Species: Herpolitha limax, which has secondary centres and seldom has axial furrows extending the full length of the colony. These species are only reliably separable where they co-occur.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic Note: Considered a synonym of Herpolitha limaxby Hoeksema (1989a), when co-occurring these species show consistent morphological differences.

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