Branching Hammer coral

Euphyllia paraancora

Euphyllia paraancora is a species of large-polyped stony coral in the family Euphyllidae.
It has especially long tentacles that are with tipped anchor or hammerhead-like knobs, and also typically comes in various shades of brown and fluorescent green, with the tentacle tips often being lighter or different colored. Specimens bearing tentacles of other colors can be found at times, too. However, this species has a branching (phaceloid) skeleton rather than a flabello-meandroid skeleton.
Euphyllia paraancora Nudi's Retreat, Lembeh. Branching Hammer coral,Euphyllia paraancora,Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring

Appearance

Characters: Skeletons are similar to those of Euphyllia glabrescens with corallites 20-40 millimetres diameter. Polyps have tentacles with anchor-shaped ends similar to those of E. ancora. Tentacle tips form concentric circles.

Colour: Pale tan or greenish-brown.

Distribution

It is found In the waters of the central Indo-Pacific, west Pacific and central Indian Ocean.

Status

Vulnerable.

Habitat

Habitat: Shallow to deep reef environments protected from wave action.

References:

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http://www.coralsoftheworld.org/species_factsheets/species_factsheet_summary/euphyllia-paraancora/
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/133289/54228736
https://www.advancedaquarist.com/2012/10/corals
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionCnidaria
ClassAnthozoa
OrderScleractinia
FamilyEuphylliidae
GenusEuphyllia
SpeciesEuphyllia paraancora
Photographed in
Indonesia