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 Cactus, Elephant Skin, Plate, Lettuce Corals of the Family Agariciidae, pt. 4

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Bob Fenner  

Genus Pachyseris Milne Edwards & Haime 1849, Elephant Skin Corals. Many of the members of this genus display highly folded colonies. These folds are concentric, parallel to the colony edge. Never extend tentacles!

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Pachyseris gemmae Nemenzo 1955. Colonies with numerous irregular folds. Photos below, Cebu, Philippines and at far right, N. Sulawesi.
Pachyseris rugosa (Lamarck 1801). Upright, irregular growth. Plates growing together. Columellae as wall-like lobes. Massive sometimes in shallow water to upright blades in deeper, calmer waters. Aquarium images.

Pachyseris speciosa (Dana 1846). One sided colony faces, with regular ridging. Most common member of the genus. Aquarium image at right. Two in Fiji and a large colony in the Red Sea below.

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