Acanthastrea echinata (Dana, 1846)
Purple bullseye
photo by Veron, Charlie (J.E.N.)

Family:  Mussidae ()
Max. size: 
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 40 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: widespread in East Africa, including Red Sea to Polynesia, north to Japan and south to Solitary Islands, Australia.
Diagnosis:  Formation: encrusting to massive, rarely over 1 m across. Corallites: cerioid or subplocoid, circular, with thick walls. Septa have long pointed teeth. Thick fleshy tissue over the skeleton present, usually forming concentric folds. Color: uniform or mottled dull brown, gray or green, but can also be brightly colored (Ref. 848).
Biology:  Occurs in most reef environments (Ref. 848).
IUCN Red List Status: (LC); Date assessed: 03 January 2008 Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans: 
Country info:   

Entered by: Bailly, Nicolas - 11.12.05
Modified by: SeaLifeBase Team, - 25.05.16

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