J. Bouwmeester, F. Benzoni, A. Baird, M. Berumen
Zookeys, 496, pp. 1-13, (2015)
A new scleractinian coral species, Cyphastrea
sp. n., is described from 13 specimens from the Red
Sea. It is characterised by the presence of eight primary septa, unlike
the other species of the genus, which have six, ten or 12 primary septa.
The new species has morphological affinities with Cyphastrea
microphthalma, from which it can be distinguished by
the lower number of septa (on average eight instead of ten), and smaller
calices and corallites. This species was observed in the northern and
central Red Sea and appears to be absent from the southern Red Sea.