831 species

Seriatopora stellata

Quelch, 1886


Lamarck, 1816

Characters: Branches are thick (5-9 mm), short and strongly tapered. They are usually in fused clumps. Corallites are aligned in rows which are raised into ridges down the sides of branches. Tentacles are usually extended only at night.

Colour: Pink or yellow-green.

Similar Species: Seriatopora aculeata, which has similar branch shapes but irregularly distributed corallites. Also S. hystrix, which does not have corallites on ridges and seldom has such thick branches.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic Note: Polymorphic species partly because it occurs over a very wide depth range.

Taxonomic References: Dai (1989); Veron (2000a);

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