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Merulina Ampliata - Ruffled Coral  #08101

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Merulina Ampliata - Ruffled Coral #08101


6.5 x 5.5 x 3

Colonies are laminar or subarborescent, with these different growth-forms characteristically occurring together in large colonies. However, colonies may be composed only of plates or, in shallow water, primarily of branches. Valleys are short, straight, and spread in a fan before dividing. They radiate from the colony centre on flat surfaces, but are highly contorted on branches. Flat surfaces often have concentric growth lines. Tentacles are usually extended only at night.

Colour: A variety of pale colours, usually blue (which may photograph pink) or pale brown.

Habitat: A wide variety of reef environments, especially lagoons.

Abundance: Usually common, rare in the Red Sea.

Similar species: Merulina scabricula

Merulina ampliata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common colour of plate-like colony.  Ed Lovell.  Merulina ampliata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Detail of a plate edge and contorted upgrowth.  Charlie Veron.

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