831 species

Micromussa amakusensis

(Veron, 1990)


Veron, 2000

Characters: Colonies are cerioid with neat angular corallites up to 8 millimetres diameter. Septa have 1-3 large teeth. Colonies have a thick fleshy mantle usually covered with fine papillae.

Colour: Brick-red or green in northern Japan, grey elsewhere.

Similar Species: Acanthastrea lordhowensis, which has larger, less uniform corallites containing more septa. See also Micromussa minuta.

Habitat: Protected reef environments and rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Uncommon in mainland Japan, rare elsewhere.

Taxonomic Note: May be difficult to separate from other Micromussa.

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