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Scheer and Pillai, 1974

Gardineroseris planulata (6)

Type species: Gardineroseris ponderosa (Gardiner, 1905) [= G. planulata (Dana, 1846)].

Total number of species estimated: 1.

Characteristics: Corals zooxanthellate; encrusting to massive. Polyps (corallites) with distinct walls, until 7 mm in diameter, deeply immersed, with (nearly) solid columella (Veron and Pichon, 1979). Colour cream, light to dark brown.

Ecology: Most common on upper reef slopes.

Range: Tropical Indo-Pacific, not eastward from Galapagos

Additional remarks: The sharp edges between the calices and the smooth septa are distinctive characters.

Key references: Veron and Pichon, 1979; Veron, 1986, 2000.

Genus Gardineroseris