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Meandrina brasiliensis

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848)


Lamarck, 1801

Characters: Colonies are mostly free living. They have short flabello-meandroid valleys with wavy margins. Colonies may consist of one valley or a few valleys radiating from the original point of growth. Septo-costae tend to be in two neatly alternating orders.

Colour: Tan or yellowish-brown.

Similar Species: The species is not clearly differentiated from Meandrina danae as these species do not occur together. Meandrina meandrites is distinctive in being fully meandroid but skeletal detail is similar. Manicina areolata has a superficially similar growth-form.

Habitat: Clear protected water with horizontal or rubble substrates.

Abundance: Sometimes locally common.

Taxonomic Note: This name is sometimes spelt braziliensis. The original spelling is used here.

Taxonomic References: Laborel (1969); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Hetzel and Castro (1994);

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: Changed species spelling from Meandrina braziliensis