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Spiny flower coral
Mussa angulosa
(Pallas, 1766)

Colonies consist of large fleshy polyps, with a rough, blemished texture. Although the polyps are well separated on the tips of a branched structure, their expanded fleshy tissues press against adjacent individuals so tightly that an overall colony appears as a solid mound.

Colonies in shades of gray, but may have tints of green, blue or even fluorescent reddish orange or pink.

Corallites 4.5-7 cm in diameter, with 6-9 septa per cm. Septa unequal in thickness, with large and prominent septal teeth. Columella trabecular and discontinuous between the corallite centers, although there is a trabecular linkage between the centers.

Inhabit most reef environments, down to over 50 m.

Common to occasional Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Spiny flower coral (Mussa angulosa)