Chinese Lettuce Coral

Mycedium elephantotus

Colonies are laminar or encrusting. Corallites are up to 15 millimetres diameter and nose-shaped, facing outward towards the colony perimeter. Septa and columellae are well developed and costae form outwardly radiating ribs on the colony surface which may become highly elaborated on corallite walls. The coenosteum is never pitted at the commencement of new septo-costae. Tentacles are usually extended only at night.
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Appearance

Colour: Usually a uniform brown, grey, green or pink but may have green, white or red oral discs. Colonies may have distinctively coloured margins.

Status

Abundance: Common.

Habitat

Habitat: Most reef environments protected from strong wave action.

References:

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https://coral.aims.gov.au/factsheet.jsp?speciesCode=0282
http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=207373
https://www.arkive.org/chinese-lettuce-coral/mycedium-elephantotus/
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionCnidaria
ClassAnthozoa
OrderScleractinia
FamilyMerulinidae
GenusMycedium
SpeciesMycedium elephantotus
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Malaysia