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Updated 8/11/2013

Family Agariciidae

These corals are quite variable in appearance and difficult to identify at times.  They have small star-shaped calices with fine radiating ribs known as septo-costae that are shared by adjacent calices.  Some species of Leptoseris are adapted to low light and thrive at depths from 100 to 300 feet.

All coral skeletons illustrated are from scientific collections taken prior to 1998.

 

HAWAII

Pavona varians

FALSE BRAIN CORAL

 

Gardineroseris planulata

HONEYCOMB CORAL

 

Pavona duerdeni

PORKCHOP CORAL

 

Pavona bipartita

DIVIDED CORAL

 

Leptoseris mycetoseroides

ROPY CORAL

 

Leptoseris incrustans

ENCRUSTING CORAL

 

Leptoseris hawaiiensis

HAWAIIAN CORAL

 

Leptoseris scabra

ROUGH CORAL

 

 

Pavona maldivensis

MALDIVES CORAL

 

 

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TUBE CORAL

 

Leptoseris papyracea

PAPYRUS CORAL

 


INDO-PACIFIC

Pavona decussata

INTERLOCKING PAVONA

 

Pavona frondifera

CONTORTED PAVONA

Pavona clavus

SWOLLEN CORAL

 

Pavona explanulata

STARRY PAVONA

Leptoseris foliosa

LEAFY LEPTOSERIS

 

Leptoseris solida

SOLID LEPTOSERIS

 

Leptoseris yabei

YABE'S CORAL

 

Pachyseris speciosa

CORRUGATED CORAL

 

Pachyseris rugosa

RUGGED CORAL

 

Coeloseris mayeri

MAYER'S CORAL

 


TROPICAL EASTERN PACIFIC

Pavona gigantea

GIANT PAVONA

 


WESTERN ATLANTIC

Agaricia humilis

LOW-RELIEF LETTUCE CORAL

Agaricia undata

SCROLL CORAL

 

Leptoseris cucullata

SUNRAY LETTUCE CORAL

 

Agaricia fragilis

FRAGILE SAUCER CORAL