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Family Siderastreidae

Easily distinguished by the flower-like 'petaloid' pattern created by enlarged septa and sinuous lines connected to adjacent calices.  Members of this family tend to be overlooked due to small size or drab coloration.

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

 

HAWAII

Psammocora stellata

STELLAR CORAL

 

Psammocora nierstraszi

SANDPAPER CORAL

 

 

Psammocora profundacella

HEXAGON PSAMMOCORA

 

Psammocora verrilli  endemic.gif (1686 bytes)

VERRILL'S LUMP CORAL

 

Psammocora explanulata

FLAT CORAL

 

Coscinaraea wellsi

WELLS' CORAL

 


INDO-PACIFIC

Psammocora contigua

BRANCHING PSAMMOCORA

 

Coscinaraea columna

MASSIVE COSCINARAEA

 


WESTERN ATLANTIC

Siderastrea siderea

MASSIVE STARLET CORAL

Siderastrea radians

LESSER STARLET CORAL