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Montipora mollis Bernard 1897. "Colonies are irregular clumps, columns and plates. Corallites are mostly immersed, with fine but distinct walls. The coenosteum is coarse. Low tuberculae are sometimes present." Corallites under (on both sides) of plates. Tentative ID, Mauritius 2016.


Hydnophora exesa  (Pallas 1766), Occurs as both encrusting and branching forms. DiF pic Mauritius 2016.



Lobophytum spp. Common throughout its range in the Indo-Pacific. Feed via photosynthesis and plankton. Grow in folds or finger-like projections by folding coenenchyme.
Genus Lobophytum Marenzeller 1886: Finger Leather, Soft Coral. Colonies up to 2 meters across. Usually low, creeping... lumps/folds/ridges, lobes... and vary in color... I may very well confuse this soft coral genus w/ Sinularia, others. Surface covered with TWO dissimilar (dimorphic) polyps that are retractable: Larger (0.5 mm) ones called autozooids and tinier siphonozoids that lack  tentacles (and dot the surface)
A close up of a colony in Mauritius 2016.
 


Coscinaraea columna, (Dana 1846). /COTW " Colonies are encrusting or massive, sometimes hillocky. Columellae are compacted pinnules set well below
the septo-costae. Septo-costae are not heavily granulated.

Colour: Usually bright greenish-yellow, also greys and browns.

Similar Species: Coscinaraea exesa, which has a columnar growth-form, and corallites which are shallower,
larger, and have granulated septo-costae.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common. Taxonomic References:  "Veron, J.E.N. and Pichon, M. (1980). <q>Scleractinia of eastern
Australia. Part III. Families Agariciidae, Siderastreidae, Fungiidae, Oculinidae, Merulinidae, Mussidae, Pectiniidae, Caryophylliidae,
Dendrophylliidae</q>. (Townsville, Australia: Australian Institute of Marine Science), 4:1-422."

Veron and Pichon (1980);  Veron, J.E.N. (2000a). Corals of the World. Townsville: Australian Institute of Marine Science.
Volumes 1-3. 1410pp." Veron (2000a);"
Mauritius 2016

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