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Table 1 Morphological characteristics of the five studied Agariciid species

From: Sharing the slope: depth partitioning of agariciid corals and associated Symbiodiniumacross shallow and mesophotic habitats (2-60 m) on a Caribbean reef

Species n Colony shape Plates Corallites Valley orientation Septocostae Other
Agaricia humilis 71 Submassive, encrusing, or plating n.a. Deep, monocentric corallites (or 2-3 centres together) Centres separated by collines of irregular height running in irregular directions Alternating  
Agaricia agaricites 113 Encrusting, or plating Bifacial (fronds) Short, deep valleys (usually <50 mm). Irregular, or concentric on plates   
Agaricia lamarcki 105 Plating Unifacial Valleys with widely spaced centres Concentric valleys Alternating White & star-shaped mouths
Agaricia grahamae 20 Plating Unifacial Long, V-shaped valleys Roughly concentric valleys Non-alternating  
Helioseris cucullata 16 Plating Unifacial Non-continuous valleys with centres nested against steep ridges Roughly concentric valleys Alternating  
  1. Taxonomic features of the different Caribbean Agariciid species studied here, as specified by Wells [53], Veron and Stafford-Smith [54] and Humann & Deloach [55].