Chalice Coral

Echinomorpha nishihirai

Characters: Colonies or individuals are thin and delicate. They may have only one corallite or have a prominent central corallite and widely spaced peripheral corallites. Septo-costae radiate from the central corallite like spokes from a wheel.

Colour: Uniform or mottled dark browns or greens.

Range: Western Pacific Ocean: Japan, South China Sea, to the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia.
Natural Environment: Inhabits shallow lower reef slopes and usually seen at depths between 15 to 65 feet (5 - 20 m).