831 species

Mussismilia braziliensis

(Verrill, 1868)


Ortmann, 1890

Characters: Colonies are massive, usually forming large domes on reef tops. Corallites are cerioid, tightly compacted, irregular in shape and 8-10 millimetres diameter. Septa of living colonies have rounded, bead-like dentations.

Colour: Various combinations of blue-grey, green and yellow.

Similar Species: Mussismilia hispida, which has larger, less irregularly shaped corallites; otherwise these species are similar.

Habitat: Shallow or subtidal reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Taxonomic References: Laborel (1967); Laborel (1969); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Hetzel and Castro (1994);

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