831 species

Lobophyllia serratus

Veron, 2000


de Blainville, 1830

Characters: Well developed colonies are hemispherical and commonly over 2 metres across. Corallites are large (averaging 50 mm diameter), becoming flabello-meandroid, with one to three centres. Septa have tall sharp teeth. Polyps are thick and fleshy, with a rough surface. The margins of polyps are extended to form a distinct serrated rim.

Colour: Blue-grey to mustard with white polyp margins.

Similar Species: Lobophyllia flabelliformis, which has corallites of similar size and fleshy appearance, but these are always flabello-meandroid and have an extensive covering of mantle papillae.

Habitat: Protected reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic References: Veron (2000a); Veron (2002a);

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