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Meandrina meandrites

(Linnaeus, 1758)


Lamarck, 1801

Characters: Colonies are submassive and meandroid, often forming thick plates. Valleys radiate from the original point of growth and divide at regular intervals maintaining a constant width. Septo-costae of adjacent valleys are seldom joined at the top of valley walls and are evenly spaced. Orders alternate at the colony periphery and sometimes elsewhere.

Colour: Grey or pale brown.

Similar Species: Ctenella chagius. Although Meandrina brasiliensis is readily distinguished from M. meandrites by its growth-form and small size but there are no significant differences of skeletal detail.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon but conspicuous.

Taxonomic References: Cairns (1982); Zlatarski and Estalella (1982); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Humann (2002);

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