Cyphastrea sp. *
seen? These hard corals have tiny circular corallites that resemble tiny stars when the polyps are expanded. They are commonly seen
on many of our Southern shores.
Features: Colonies seen 15-30cm,
sometimes much larger. The colony is generally a smooth boulder shape,
sometimes forming smooth hillocks of different
sizes, or small towers. The corallites have separate walls that are rather thick, forming
a tiny circular ring (0.2cm or less) and are packed close to, but
not squashed against one another. The result is a regular pattern
of tiny rings. The surface between corallites often has tiny granular
bumps. The polyps are tiny with many short tentacles, usually close
to the colony surface, i.e., body column is not long.
Colours seen include brown, yellow, orange and green.
Monstastrea curta and Favia stelligera may appear similar. It's hard to distinguish them without
close examination of small features and they are grouped here by large
external features for convenience of display.
Terumbu Hantu, Apr 17
*Species are difficult
to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience
|Meteor corals on Singapore shores
|Other sightings on Singapore shores
species recorded for Singapore
Huang, Karenne P. P. Tun, L. M Chou and Peter A. Todd. 30 Dec 2009.
An inventory of zooxanthellate sclerectinian corals in Singapore
including 33 new records
**the species found on many shores
in Danwei's paper.
in red are those listed as threatened
on the IUCN global list.
Huang, Karenne P. P. Tun, L. M Chou and Peter A. Todd. 30 Dec
inventory of zooxanthellate sclerectinian corals in Singapore
including 33 new records (pdf). Raffles Bulletin of
Zoology Supplement No. 22: 69-80.
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of the World
Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia. 3 volumes.
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Indo-Pacific Field Guide
IKAN-Unterwasserachiv, Frankfurt. 305 pp.
Eric H. 2001. Aquarium
Corals: Selection, Husbandry and Natural History
T.F. H Publications. 464 pp