Greater brain coral

Lobophyllia radians

It is a stony coral of the family Lobophylliidae.
Greater brain coral - Lobophyllia radians  Fall,Geotagged,Greater brain coral,Indonesia,Lobophyllia radians

Appearance

Colonies are hemispherical to flat. Valleys average 20-25 millimetres wide, and are irregularly meandroid, becoming straight in flat colonies. Walls have a moderately thick fleshy appearance and usually have a groove along the top.

Colour: A wide range of red, grey and green, with valleys and walls usually of contrasting colours. Red Sea colonies are usually cream.

Similar Species: Symphyllia radians has valleys and septa intermediate in size between the smaller S. recta and the larger S. agaricia. S. recta has more sinuous valleys, S. agaricia has a double row of columellae.

Naming

Orig. name
Symphyllia radians Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849
Synonymised names
Mussa crispa Dana, 1846 (synonym)
Symphyllia grandis Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849 (synonym)
Symphyllia radians Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849
Environment

Distribution

Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to Melanesia, north to Japan and south to Australia.

Habitat

Upper reef slopes and fringing reefs.

References:

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http://www.coralsoftheworld.org/species_factsheets/species_factsheet_summary/symphyllia-radians/
https://reefguide.org/indopac/symphylliaradians.html
http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=888141
https://www.sealifebase.se/summary/Symphyllia-radians.html
https://www.sealifebase.se/ComNames/CommonNameSummary.php?autoctr=39717
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionCnidaria
ClassAnthozoa
OrderScleractinia
FamilyLobophylliidae
GenusLobophyllia
SpeciesLobophyllia radians
Photographed in
Indonesia