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"Honeycomb", Brain Corals, More and Less, Family Faviidae, pt. 8

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Montastrea curta (Dana 1846), Colonies may be spherical, columnar or flattened. Corallites appear circular and are widely spaced or closely compacted. Width of calices varies greatly, this variation mostly occurring between, rather than within, colonies. Long and short septa alternate. Small paliform lobes are usually developed. (AIMS). Fr. Polynesia 2018

Montastrea faveolata Mountainous Star Coral. In mounds or large sheets, with bumpy appearance, with corallites more or less arranged in vertical rows. Belize image. 

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Genus Oulophyllia. Convex or hemispherical colonies of meandering valleys with corallites arranged in short, discontinuous valleys (wider than Platygyra; 10-20mm wide; thin, lamellar in Leptoria).

Genus Platygyra Ehrenberg 1834. Brain Corals. Massive colonies that are either flat or rough boulder-like. Centers of corallites (columellae) are sponge-like. If you look closely you can see rows of mouths along the valleys. 

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Platygyra acuta Veron 2000. Boulder-like colonies with meandering corallites that show sharp walls 

 

Platygyra daedalea (Ellis & Solander 1786). Massive, encrusting to hemispherical colonies that are meandroid, with corallites that are thick-walled. Exsert septa that appear ragged. Color: Generally brown with green valleys. Common. Below: Red Sea images. 
Platygyra lamellina (Ehrenberg 1834). Massive colonies whose corallites have thick walls that are uniform and rounded. Fiji and Red Sea images. 

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Platygyra sinensis (Milne Edwards and Haime 1849). Thin-walled septa that are outwardly facing. No obvious centers (columellae). Fiji image. 
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Genus Solanastrea:

Solanastrea bournoni (Milne Edwards and Haime 1850). Smooth Star Coral. Cozumel 2011.



Faviids do occur in mixes of colors within one colony. Here's a colony at House of Fins in 2013.

Bibliography/Further Reading:

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Borneman, Eric H. 2001. Aquarium Corals; Selection, Husbandry and Natural History. Microcosm-TFH NJ, USA. 464 pp.

Fossa, Svein A. & Alf Jacob Nilsen. 1998 (1st ed.). The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium, v.2 (Cnidarians). Bergit Schmettkamp Verlag, Bornheim, Germany. 479pp.

Gutierrez, Santiago. 1990. From a reef's point of view. Montastrea annularis and cavernosa. FAMA 9/90.

Hoover, John. 1998. Hawai'i's Sea Creatures. A Guide to Hawai'i's Marine Invertebrates. Mutual Publishing, Honolulu HI. 366pp. 

Humann, Paul. 1993. Reef Coral Identification; Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas. New World Publications, Inc. Jacksonville, FL.  239pp.

Veron, J.E.N. 1986. Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific. U. of HI press, Honolulu. 644 pp. 

Veron, J.E.N. 2000. Corals of the World. Australian Institute of Marine Science. Queensland, Australia. three volumes. 

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