831 species

Mussa angulosa

(Pallas, 1766)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are flat to hemispherical, phaceloid to flabello-meandroid, the latter with short valleys of up to 5 centres. Septa have tall sharp teeth. Columellae are well developed. Retracted polyps are thick and fleshy.

Colour: Usually grey, purple or green.

Similar Species: Easily confused with Scolymia cubensis, which is solitary, less fleshy, and has less excavated corallites with smaller, more even teeth on the septa.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic References: Zlatarski and Estalella (1982); Fenner (1993); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Humann (2002);

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