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Old 01/11/2008, 12:12 PM   #20
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OK, what I'm going after is the diameter of a single coralite. If they are 1/4 inch, which is about 6mm, then it belongs to the smaller polyped species of Montastrea. M. curta is the most likely species. It fits the size and extratentacular budding.

For the record, Diploastrea species do not have extratentacular budding. Oculina has a different skeleton.

It is an interesting, if somewhat common coral. It is often a dominant species of certain reefs.

Jamie V.

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