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Yabe and Sugiyama, 1935

Stylocoeniella armata (4)

Type species: Stylocoeniella armata (Ehrenberg, 1834)

Total number of species estimated: 2

Characteristics: Corals zooxanthellate; the corals are usually encrusting. Polyps (corallites) small (less than 1.5 mm), immersed, densely packed and with solid style-like columella. Coenosteum in between polyps covered by fine granulations and one style adjacent to each polyp (Veron and Pichon, 1976). Colour light to dark brown or green.

Ecology: Common on upper reef slopes.

Range: Indo-West Pacific.

Additional remarks: Corals may become solid to branched in unusual habitats (such as in murky, narrow bays).

Key references: Veron and Pichon, 1976; Veron, 1986, 2000.

Genus Stylocoeniella