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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 "
are encrusting or massive, sometimes hillocky. Columellae are
compacted pinnules set well below
the septo-costae. Septo-costae are not heavily granulated.
bright greenish-yellow, also greys and browns.
exesa, which has a columnar growth-form, and corallites
which are shallower,
larger, and have granulated septo-costae.
Abundance: Sometimes common.
"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."
and Pichon (1980);
Veron, J.E.N. (2000a). Corals of the World. Townsville: Australian
Institute of Marine Science.
Volumes 1-3. 1410pp." Veron