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Updated 11/28/2016

Family Siderastreidae


Psammocora profundacella

Ka'ena Point, Oahu, 25 feet


Halona Blowhole, Oahu, 25 feet

Kahe Point, Oahu, 20 feet



Ke'ei, Hawaii, 25 feet


100 ft. Hole, Waikiki, Oahu, 80 feet

100 ft. Hole, Waikiki, Oahu, 80 feet



Corsair wreck, Oahu, 100 feet



Sharks Cove, Oahu, 30 feet


YO-257 wreck, Oahu, 90 feet



O'ahu, Hawai'i

Tutuila, American Samoa


Uncommon on shallow vertical surfaces.  Corallites may be solitary or arranged within short valleys with more-or-less sharp ridges.  May be confused with Sandpaper Coral but lacks the characteristic sandpaper texture.  Color extremely variable, cream, tan, green, orange, gray, or brown with dark centers.  Psammocora haimeana is a synonym.  Psammocora superficialis has an irregular surface and petaloid septa.  Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.

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