Characters: Colonies are encrusting. Corallites are widely spaced and form excavations in the coenosteum. Septa are in two equal or subequal cycles. Each corallite has a prominent coenosteum style.
Colour: Dark or bright red, brown or green.
Similar Species: Stylocoeniella guentheri, which has smaller corallites with less prominent coenosteum styles. See also Madracis kirbyi and Poritipora paliformis.
Habitat: Shallow reef environments.
Abundance: Rare, cryptic.
Taxonomic References: Veron and Pichon (1976); Scheer and Pillai (1983); Veron (2000a);
Identification Guides: Veron (1986a); Sheppard and Sheppard (1991); Nishihira and Veron (1995); Pillay, Terashima, Venkatasami et al. (2002);