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/The Best Livestock For Your Reef Aquarium:
Corals of the Family
By Bob Fenner
Genus Coscinaraea Milne Edwards & Haime 1848.
/WA Corals: massive, columnar or flat plates • corallites can be aligned
between raised ridges that occur parallel to the colony margin • well
developed columellae • common on temperate reefs • similar to Leptoseris
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.
|Coscinaraea monile (Forskal 1775),
colonies encrusting or dome-shaped. calices monocentric, to 7mm. in
diameter. Septa are very even, finely serrated. /COTW:
are usually encrusting or dome-shaped. Calices are monocentric, up to 7
millimetres diameter, or form short valleys. Septa are even and finely
serrated, giving colonies a smooth surface.
uniformly grey, sometimes tan, brown, or mottled colours.
Similar Species: Distinctive
and unlike other Coscinaraea.
in the western Indian Ocean, uncommon in the central Indo-Pacific.
Sinai 2019; a vertical of a wave-impacted colony and one more protected from
|Coscinaraea (Cycloseris) wellsi Veron & Pichon
are thin, often overlapping laminae, with lobed margins. Corallites are
irregularly distributed with deep seated columellae and thick,
brown or red-brown, with white perimeters.
explanulata, which has smaller corallites and petaloid
septo-costae. See also Leptoseris
found encrusting vertical or overhung faces.
Note: Placed in genus Cycloseris by Benzoni,
Arrigoni, Stefani et al. (2012) based mainly on genetic
evidence. It is retained here as a Coscinaraea because
it does not match the distinctive genus-level characters of Cycloseris,
which represent predominantly solitary, unattached mushroom corals.
Wakatobi, Indo. 2006