831 species

Pachyseris gemmae

Nemenzo, 1955


Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849

Characters: Colonies have both horizontal and upright irregularly folded fronds. Valleys are parallel to frond margins except towards the base of fronds where they become irregular. Collines are wavy. Columellae are wall-like and clearly fused with septo-costae.

Colour: Brown.

Similar Species: May be similar to tiered forms of Pachyseris speciosa except that fronds are usually more vertical; columellae are similar to those of P. rugosa although less conspicuous.

Habitat: Semi-protected reefs.

Abundance: Rare.

Taxonomic Note: This species cannot always be reliably identified in collections, and is best separated from Pachyseris rugosa where these species co-occur.

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