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Blushing star coral
Stephanocoenia michelinii
Edwards & Haime, 1848

This species forms small to moderately large heads (15-75 cm) and is often simply encrusting.

Brownish. On approaching this coral, the polyps withdraw giving the colony a blushing appearance.

Columella massive, more or less laterally compressed. Septa in three cycles, the first two with pali or with paliform lobes attached to the columella.

Probably generally present in exposed waters; not very common. From 1 to nearly 100 m, but most common between 3 and 50 m.

Throughout the Caribbean.

Blushing star coral (Stephanocoenia michelinii)