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Manicina areolata

(Linnaeus 1758)
Brain coral, small colonies, but very broad and deep valleys. Many colonies consist only of one valley, sometimes with a few short side lobes or side branches. Many are not attached to the substrate.

Where colonies have several valleys, there is usually a groove along the tops of the adjoining walls.

It could be confused with a small Colpophyllia which has more spaces between the septa and a discontinuous (trabecular) columella along the valley floor.

Colonies commonly occur in seagrass, rubble or even sand.

The attached form may be a distinct species, M. mayori, and the final photo of an example with extended polyps may be this species (EW).