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Yabe and Sugiyama, 1941

Palauastrea ramosa (3)

Type species: Palauastrea ramosa Yabe and Sugiyama, 1941

Total number of species estimated: 1.

Characteristics: Corals zooxanthellate, branched (occasionally anastomosing) with small, evenly distributed polyps, which are based on immersed calices with a distinct solid columella (Veron and Pichon, 1976). Coenosteum in between calices covered by evenly distributed granulations. Colour predominantly light-brown or cream.

Ecology: Rare, usually encountered on sheltered, sandy bottoms.

Range: Central Indo-Pacific.

Additional remarks: The species resembles the branching Porites cylindrica Dana, 1846.

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

Genus Palauastrea