Studer, 1878, p. 641
Coelosmilia fecunda Pourtalès, 1871, p. 21, pl. 1, fig. 12, pl. 6, figs. 14-15; Monotypy
Type Specimen: Syntype; MCZ 2752; Verified; Dry Preserved
Type Locality: Recent: Strait of Florida, 124-576 m
Type species well described by Cairns (1979). Six syntypes.
Corallum colonial and recumbent, new corallites budding extracalicularly from edge zone and quickly becoming detached from parent corallum resulting in corallites with an open or broken base; endothecal dissepiments widely spaced; paliform lobes present on higher cycle septa; columella trabecular.
Similar to Asterosmilia but budding daughter corallites from edge zone.
See Cairns and Wells (1987) and Cairns (2000) and Dawson (2004) for latest taxonomic treatment of this genus. Three fossil species and 5 Recent.
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