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Family Mussidae

TROPICAL WESTERN ATLANTIC

Mycetophyllia lamarckiana

French Reef, Key Largo, 45 feet

cropped

RIDGED CACTUS CORAL

Uncommon on shallow reefs.  Thick plates with wide shallow valleys radiating from colony origin, sometimes more than one row of polyps within valleys, concentric to plate edge, surface rough, mottled gray and brown.  Mycetophyllia aliciae has short ridges or nodules and numerous polyps between.  Florida to Venezuela.