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Family Merulinidae

INDO-PACIFIC

Merulina scabricula

 Wakatobi, Indonesia, 25 feet

 

Tutuila, American Samoa

ROUGH MERULINA

Common on protected reefs and dropoffs.  Variable, encrusting plates with contorted branches with spreading fan-like ends, radiating ridges with ragged knife-edged septa, golden brown with contrasting margins.  Merulina ampliata is very similar but ridges have a neat appearance with smoother, thicker septa.  Indo-Pacific, East Africa to Japan and Samoa.

All coral skeletons illustrated are from scientific collections taken prior to 1998.