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 Adult corals either encrusting and polystomatous or free-living and monostomatous (Gittenberger et al. 2011, Benzoni et al. 2012). Outline of free-living, unfragmented specimens varying from circular to oval. Juveniles may be hexagonal. Free-living corals may fracture repeatedly into regenerating wedge-shaped pieces (Hoeksema 1989, Yamashiro et al. 1989, Yamashiro and Nishihira 1994, 1998, Hoeksema and Waheed 2011, 2012). Fragmenting corals may produce extra stomata along fracture lines. Corallum wall without perforations. Septal margins ornamented by fine, sharp dentations. Costae covered by fine spiny protuberances, which may become granular and blunt in large specimens. Tentacles small and usually translucent in extended state. 


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