831 species

Schizoculina africana

(Thiel, 1928)


Wells, 1937

Characters: Colonies are encrusting to branching, sometimes over one metre across. Branches are primarily horizontal and may have a zig-zag shape. Corallites are circular, less than 4 millimetres diameter and are mostly on the upper surface of branches. Budding is extratentacular. A paliform crown is well developed.

Colour: Dark brown to grey.

Similar Species: Schizoculina fissipara, which has more compact branches and larger corallites.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores up to 35 metres depth.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic Note: Little studied species.

Taxonomic References: Laborel (1974); Veron (2000a);

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