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Lesser Starlet Coral

Siderastrea radians


The lesser starlet coral is either encrusting or grows in small, dimpled hummocks up to 30 centimetres (12 in) across but most colonies are much smaller than this. Occasionally (as seen here) it occurs as small calcareous pebbles that roll around in seagrass meadows or as loose flat discs in shallow rocky places.


Commonly occurs in Florida, the Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean. Colonies generally inhabit shallow rocky reefs from the low tide line to about 10 meters, though specimens have been found down to 30 meters.

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Stann Creek, Belize

Spotted on May 15, 2013
Submitted on May 30, 2014

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