831 species

Symphyllia recta

(Dana, 1846)


Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848

Characters: Colonies are hemispherical to flat. Valleys are 12-15 millimetres wide, and are highly sinuous. Polyp walls have a moderately thick fleshy appearance and usually have a groove along the top.

Colour: Brown, grey or green, either mottled or with walls and valleys of contrasting colours.

Similar Species: Symphyllia radians, which has larger and less sinuous valleys.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes and fringing reefs.

Abundance: Common.

Taxonomic Note: Taxonomic status of the nominal species Symphyllia hemispherica Tennison-Woods, 1878 needs further study.

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