Caribbean Corals-Maze Coral

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This you will find on many of the reefs that we dive in the Mesoamerican Reef in Playa del Carmen, Tulum and other sites north and south.

Maze coral
Meandrina meandrites
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Description:
Colonies form both hemispherical heads and flattened plates, up to 1 m in diameter. The ridges are formed by smooth, widely separated septa. There is a thin line along the ridge tops, where the septa come together. Large polyps extend during night (M. meandrites polyps).

Color:
Tan to yellow-brown and brown.

Corallites:
Corallites large, between 1 and 2 cm. Septal margins smooth. Columella lamellar.

Habitat:
Inhabit most reef environments, down to 80 m.

Distribution:
Common to occasional Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.Meandrina meandrites
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Description:
Colonies form both hemispherical heads and flattened plates, up to 1 m in diameter. The ridges are formed by smooth, widely separated septa. There is a thin line along the ridge tops, where the septa come together. Large polyps extend during night (M. meandrites polyps).

Color:
Tan to yellow-brown and brown.

Corallites:
Corallites large, between 1 and 2 cm. Septal margins smooth. Columella lamellar.

Habitat:
Inhabit most reef environments, down to 80 m.

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