smooth cauliflower coral

Scientific name Stylophora pistillata
Descriptor Esper
Year of description 1792
IUCN category NT
Family Pocilloporidae
Genus Stylophora
Stylophora pistillata Stylophora pistillata


Stylophora pistillata, commonly known as smooth cauliflower coral, is a salt water cnidarian.

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Who is it?


  • Size
    30 - 50 cm
  • Structure
  • Type
    coral with small polyps
  • Size
    30 - 50 cm
  • Structure
  • Type
    coral with small polyps

How to recognize the smooth cauliflower coral ?

The smooth cauliflower coral measures between 30 and 50 cm. This cnidarian is bicolore with a predominantly bleu, vert, rose and blanc body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
    living in colonies
  • Diet
    not specified
  • Way of living


  • Reproduction
  • Larva type

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    3 - 35 m

Biotope presentation

The smooth cauliflower coral is most often found at a depth between 3m and 35m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Importance of a micro-diet for scleractinian corals - Fanny Houlbrèque - Eric Tambutté - Cécile Richard - Christine Ferrier-Pagès - Marine ecology progress series - 2004. Vol. 282

The Reproduction of the Red Sea Coral Stylophora pistillata. I. Gonads and Planulae - B. Rinkevich - Y. Loya - Marine ecology progress series - 1979. Vol. 1

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