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Diploria clivosa

(Ellis 1786)
The genus name of both Diploria clivosa and Diploria strigosa is called Pseudodiploria Fukami, Budd, & Knowlton by many, which distinguishes it from the clearly different Diploria labyrinthiformis.

A brain coral, with long meandering valleys. The colonies have convoluted, knobbly surfaces, not smoothly domed, and this feature distinguishes this species clearly from Diploria strigosa. There is no groove along the tops of the walls. The walls have steep sides, which also helps to distinguish the species from D. strigosa whose ridges are rounder.

Valleys rarely run straight but are highly irregular.

This species lives in shallow areas.

Some of these photos show both D. strigosa and D. clivosa together for comparison.