831 species

Stylophora pistillata

(Esper, 1792)


Schweigger, 1819

Characters: Colonies are branching with blunt-ended branches becoming thick and submassive. Corallites are immersed, conical or hooded. They have a solid style-like columella, six primary septa which may be short or fused with the columella, and sometimes six short secondary septa. The coenosteum is covered by fine spinules.

Colour: Uniform cream, pink, blue (which may photograph pink) or green.

Similar Species: Stylophora danae. See also S. subseriata.

Habitat: Primarily in shallow water reef environments exposed to strong wave action.

Abundance: Common; may be a dominant species on exposed reef fronts.

Taxonomic Note: A species complex.

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