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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Scleractinia > Family Faviidae
Other maze corals
awaiting identification *
Family Merulinidae
updated Nov 2019
Where seen? Other kinds of corals with maze-like corallites are sometimes seen on many of our Southern shores.

Features: Colonies seen 15-30cm. Colonies may be encrusting orboulder-shaped. The corallites have shared meandering walls sometimes with long valleys, in others, short irregular polygons. The overall pattern is coarse and not as fine as in some other maze favid corals. The walls are tall and rather thick. Colours seen include brown, green and blue.

Some species of corals recorded for Singapore that have these patterns include: Platygyra, Goniastrea and Oulophyllia species.
It's hard to distinguish them without close examination of small features and they are grouped by large external features for convenience of display.

Sometimes mistaken for Brain corals (Family Lobophylliidae) which tend to have much thicker corallite walls which can have large 'teeth'.

Kusu Island, Jun 05

Sentosa, Apr 07

Terumbu Semakau, May 10


*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Other maze corals on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09

Pulau Berkas, May 10

Pulau Berkas, May 10

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09
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