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Lesser speckled cup coral
Colangia immersa
Pourtalès, 1871

Colonies form small encrusting groups of polyps, attached to each other by discrete stolons. Corallites cylindrical, 6-9 mm in diameter and usually less than 10 mm in height.
Septa hexamerally arranged in 4 cycles. Six tall, thin, rounded septa protrude noticeably around the rim; other septa smaller.
Columella lamellar or papillose. Endotheca absent.

Polyps occur in a variety of colors, including brown, light green, salmon, pink, lavender, orange-brown and white.

It is a fairly common shallow-water species, found to depths of 100 m. The deepest live-collected colony is from 350 m. It is often found in cryptic environments, like the undersides of platy corals, under ledges and in caves.

Occasional Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Lesser speckled cup coral (Colangia immersa)