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.
coral skeletons illustrated are from scientific collections taken prior