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Family Pectiniidae

INDO-PACIFIC

Oxypora lacera

Wakatobi, Indonesia, 35 feet

 

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COMMON OXYPORA

Common on reef dropoffs in protected areas.  Forms numerous plates with randomly-placed, slightly elevated corallites encircled by nodular projections, brown or green with contrasting polyps.  Red Sea east through Japan and Samoa.

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