831 species

Turbinaria irregularis

Bernard, 1896


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies consist of encrusting plates, with free irregular margins. Corallites are exsert and irregular. The coenosteum between corallites is smooth and uniform between adjacent corallites.

Colour: Uniform or mottled dark brown.

Similar Species: Turbinaria stellulata, which is primarily encrusting and has larger, less exsert corallites separated by coenosteum which is usually a darker colour.

Habitat: Reefs and rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Common except in the Indian Ocean where it is rare.

Taxonomic Note: Probable species complex.

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