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Updated 3/21/2015

Family Siderastreidae


Psammocora nierstraszi

Puako, Hawaii, 25 feet



Honaunau, Hawaii, 50 feet


Branched form, Kapoho tidepool, Hawaii, 4 feet

Puako, Hawaii, 25 feet





Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 50 feet


Kailua Bay, Hawaii, 15 feet

Puako, Hawaii, 20 feet


Sharks Cove, Oahu, 25 feet


Fairly common encrusting species on vertical surfaces.  Distinctive sandpaper-like granules cover the entire surface.  Calices are located in meandering valleys, brown, olive or gray.  Rarely forms small knobby heads like that of Stellar Coral.  Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.

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