831 species

Stylophora danae

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1850


Schweigger, 1819

Characters: Colonies have low prostrate branches which irregularly fuse. Corallites are conical with hoods either absent or weakly developed and facing different directions. They have style-like columellae and six short septa.

Colour: Brown.

Similar Species: Stylophora pistillata, which has well developed hoods and upright branches.

Habitat: Sloping rock faces.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic Note: Central Indo-Pacific colonies differ substantially from those of the western Indian Ocean. The type locality is given as Singapore but this seems unlikely (coral specimens were often bought from ships in the Singapore port and mistakenly given this type locality). Requires further work.

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