831 species

Turbinaria bifrons

Br├╝ggemann, 1877


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are initially flat laminae which develop elongate, upright, bifacial fronds. Corallites are conical, regularly spaced, and have a uniform appearance.

Colour: Usually grey, green or brown, with paler calices.

Similar Species: No other Turbinaria except T. conspicua has bifacial fronds except where unifacial fronds become fused back-to-back. Small colonies which have not developed bifacial fronds are difficult to distinguish from T. frondens.

Habitat: Shallow reefs and rocky foreshores of subtropical locations.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic References: Veron and Pichon (1980); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Veron (1986a);

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