Name: Madracis formosa
Functional Group: Hard coral
Default Short Code: MAFO
Stats: Used in 14 sources and for 1 annotations
Colonies are branching, each clump being much more irregular than Madracis auretenra. Also the branches also get much longer so the overall colony size is larger. Cross sections of branches are irregular rather than round, and incipient branches cause their tips to become lumpy and club-shaped.
Colour is green, yellow-green, yellow-brown or tan. Polyps are yellow in this species but not in M. decactis. Branches are usually longer than M. decactis but thicker than M. auretenra.
Corallites usually have 8 septa, unlike M. decactis and M. auretenra, which both have 10. It is easily confused with Madracis carmabi, which has the same morphology and which also has 10 septa and is considered by some to be a hybrid species.
Used in these sources:
Espiritu Santo-Xcalak | Bocas Sand 2017 | Buck Island | East Caicos Corals 2018 | Grand Turk EIA | MarineGEO 2017 | MarineGEO Belize 2 | MarineGEO Belize 2018 | Opwall SVS Utila | UNAM Mexican Caribbean 2016 |
Create Date: Oct. 9, 2015, 2:15 a.m.
Created By: seemannj