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Lettuce coral

Agaricia agaricites

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Lettuce coral

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Summary

Colonies with variable growth forms like encrusting sheets, upright leaves or plates with irregular projections and flat plates.

To be confused with

Other Agaricia or Leptoceris species.  The latter group has light depressions inbetween the ridges.

Characteristics

Size:  Up to 1 m in diameter.
Colour:  Cream  to different shades of brown.
Shape:  Various forms:  Encrusting sheets, upright leaves or plates with irregular projections and flat plates. Ridge tops are pointed.


Habitat environment and ecology

Encrusting or hemispherical form mostly in shallow patch or back reefs areas. Other forms more common on outer reef slopes.

Distribution range

BES-eilanden: Bonaire, St. Eustatius

Author

[Floris Bennema, may 2016]

Literature

- Humann, P., & DeLoach, N. (2013). Reef Coral Identification:  Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (p 276). Third edition. Jacksonville (FL): New World Publications.
-  Coralpedia,your guide to Caribbean Corals and sponges. University of Warwick.
-  Interactive Guide to Caribbean Diving. M. De Kluijver, G. Gijswijt, R. de Leon & I. daCunda. 


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