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Double-forked Plexaurella
Plexaurella dichotoma
(Esper, 1791)

Description:
Colonies are dichotomously branched and bushy, up to 80 cm in height. The end branches are rigid and blunt, sometimes club-shaped at their ends; 10-15 mm in diameter. Depending on the habitat, the branches may be short and crooked or long and straight. Apertures, 1-1.5 mm in diameter, are usually slightly raised but may also be flush with the surface; narrow and slit like.

Color:
Yellowish brown.

Habitat:
Common on the outer reefs and patch reefs, and to a lesser extent inshore.

Distribution:
Florida to Brazilian reefs.

Double-forked Plexaurella (Plexaurella dichotoma)