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Porites astreoides Mustard Hill Coral. Form encrusting colonies in shallows to domes in calmer, deeper water. Occur mostly in light yellow and browns. Roatan 2017


Mussa angulosa (Pallas 1766). Large, fleshy polyps that are well-separated. When retracted, skeletal elements/septa appear spiny. To two feet in diameter. This specimen had polyps that were palm-sized! Roatan 2017 
Colpophyllia natans (Houttuyn 1772), Symmetrical Brain Coral. Large roundish to hemispherical  colonies or encrusting. Long snake-like valleys. Septa short, equal and pointing out. A fine ambulacral groove runs along the top between corallite walls, and a further line can be seen midway down the valleys. A starting colony, single polyp in Roatan 2017. Thanks to Julian Sprung for the ID. Oh, similar to Manicina areolata. 

Centropyge potteri Jordan & Metz 1912, Potter's Dwarf Angel, named after Frederick Potter, the first director of the Waikiki Aquarium.  A viejo (old one) below in Kona.
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