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 Family Astrocoeniidae  


by Bob Fenner


Genus Madracis Edwards & Haine 1849, Finger, Pencil, Cactus Corals. the only genus of the family found in the Atlantic (also in the Pacific). This genus placed by Veron (2000) in the new family Astrocoeniidae (formerly Pocilloporidae)

Madracis dedactis (Lyman 1859)  St. Thomas 2014 TiffB pic
Madracis formosa Wells 1973, Finger or Cactus Coral. Colonies made up of densely packed small thumb-like branches with blunt ends. Appear fuzzy when open. Dull to Green with yellow central corallite color. Bahamas photo and close-up.

Madracis pharensis (Heller 1868), Star Coral. Mostly azooxanthellate (usually found inside caves). Tropical West Atlantic. Compact, polygonal colonies. Corallite septa in two, alternating series. Occur in red, pinkish, grey and green colors. Di.F Cozumel pix. 

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Genus Paulaustrea Yabe & Sagiyama 1941. One species, P. ramosa. Pacific in shallow, sandy bottoms. A rarity in the ornamental trade, with star-shaped corallites, blunt ending branches. This genus has also been placed by Veron (2000) in the new family Astrocoeniidae.

Palauastrea ramosa Yabe & Sagiyama 1941. Blunt, club-like branches. Cream to light brown in color. Similar in appearance to Porites cylindrica. Bunaken/Sulawesi/Indonesia photo. 

Genus Stephanocoenia:

Stephanocoenia mechelinii Blushing Star Coral. Smooth domes and boulders. Calices raised, usually darker than surrounds. Blushing comes from the reaction from being touched, the polyps retracting. Curacao 2015, TiffB Pix.

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