WoRMS taxon details

Stylophora wellsi Scheer, 1964

206977  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:206977)

accepted
Species
marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
Scheer G (1964). Bemerkenswerte Korallen aus dem Roten Meer. Senckenbergiana Biologica 45: 613-620. [details]   
Description This species is a stoutly branching form, usually of similar shape and size to heavier Stylophora pistillata, but often...  
Description This species is a stoutly branching form, usually of similar shape and size to heavier Stylophora pistillata, but often developing thicker, convoluted keels and ridges. Its principal distinguishing feature is that its branch surfaces are irregular and have verrucae in the manner of Pocillopora, with which it has certainly been confused in the past. However, its calical structures are clearly those of Stylophora, but it does not have well developed calical hoods. This is a Red Sea endemic, and is common in the northern and central parts, less so in the south. This species grows only in very shallow water of exposed fringing and barrier reefs which experience strong swell and wave action. It is very rare indeed below 3 m deep. The greater the wave action of the site, the larger and better developed are its colonies. Stylophora wellsi is commonly seen alongside S. pistillata which in these shallow, exposed habitats adopts an increasingly stoutly branched morphology but remains easily distinguished by its lack of verrucae and its smoother branches (Sheppard, 1998). [details]
Hoeksema, B. W.; Cairns, S. (2018). World List of Scleractinia. Stylophora wellsi Scheer, 1964. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=206977 on 2018-11-18
Date
action
by
1997-10-30 10:47:35Z
created
2000-09-13 07:19:12Z
changed
Garcia, Maria
2008-01-16 10:35:54Z
changed
2014-04-21 09:20:09Z
changed

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original description Scheer G (1964). Bemerkenswerte Korallen aus dem Roten Meer. Senckenbergiana Biologica 45: 613-620. [details]   

basis of record Sheppard, C.R.C. (1998). Corals of the Indian Ocean: a taxonomic and distribution database for coral reef ecologists [details]   

additional source Cairns, S.D.; Hoeksema, B.W. & van der Land, J. (2007). as a contribution to UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms. (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Veron JEN. (2000). Corals of the World. Vol. 1–3. Australian Institute of Marine Science and CRR, Queensland, Australia.  [details]   
 
 Present  Inaccurate  Introduced: alien  Containing type locality 
 

From editor or global species database
Biology zooxanthellate [details]

From other sources
Description This species is a stoutly branching form, usually of similar shape and size to heavier Stylophora pistillata, but often developing thicker, convoluted keels and ridges. Its principal distinguishing feature is that its branch surfaces are irregular and have verrucae in the manner of Pocillopora, with which it has certainly been confused in the past. However, its calical structures are clearly those of Stylophora, but it does not have well developed calical hoods. This is a Red Sea endemic, and is common in the northern and central parts, less so in the south. This species grows only in very shallow water of exposed fringing and barrier reefs which experience strong swell and wave action. It is very rare indeed below 3 m deep. The greater the wave action of the site, the larger and better developed are its colonies. Stylophora wellsi is commonly seen alongside S. pistillata which in these shallow, exposed habitats adopts an increasingly stoutly branched morphology but remains easily distinguished by its lack of verrucae and its smoother branches (Sheppard, 1998). [details]
 

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English hood coral  [details]