831 species

Mycedium mancaoi

Nemenzo, 1979


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are composed of tiers of contorted, dissected, unifacial laminae with wavy margins. Corallites are 6-10 millimetres diameter and strongly inclined on the laminae. Septo-costae are well developed, compact, in 2 or 3 orders and have ornamented spines.

Colour: Tan, with pale margins to laminae.

Similar Species: Mycedium elephantotus, which has corallites of similar size but does not form tiers and fronds with wavy margins. Other Mycedium have smaller corallites. Oxypora crassispinosa and O. glabra may both have similar growth-forms and colours.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments protected from strong wave action.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Taxonomic References: Nemenzo (1979b); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Turak and DeVantier (2011b);

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