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Family Mussidae

Showy corals with large polyps and intricate skeletal structure.  Colonies may be solitary or colonial with a wide range of forms and colors.

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

 

INDO-PACIFIC

Cynarina lacrymalis

BUTTON, DONUT, or CAT'S EYE CORAL

 


WESTERN ATLANTIC

Mussa angulosa

SPINY FLOWER CORAL

 

Scolymia cubensis

ARTICHOKE CORAL

 

Mycetophyllia ferox

ROUGH CACTUS CORAL

 

Mycetophyllia danaana

LOW-RIDGE CACTUS CORAL

 

Mycetophyllia aliciae

KNOBBY CACTUS CORAL

 

Mycetophyllia lamarckiana

RIDGED CACTUS CORAL

Isophyllia sinuosa

SINUOUS CACTUS CORAL