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Moseleya (Faviidae)

Welcome to the Moseleya genus landing page. In this section, you will find general information about this genus and tips on how to identify it. If you are looking to confirm an observation made with the Coral Finder, use the image browser below to verify what you saw underwater.  The nature of this genus is highly distinctive, which means that it is unlikely to confuse it with other members of the group.

Moseleya has only one species, and it is easily identified.  Relax and enjoy this coral.

Vital Statistics

  • 1 species
  • Coral Finder p. 15
  • COTW – Vol 3 p.269


Limited to the central Indo-Pacific.

ID Tips

Colonies form flattened mounds that may be free-living, and are generally circular in shape.  Moseleya prefer turbid areas and soft muddy bottoms, extending from the intertidal to the subtidal.

The main corallite is distinctively large (up to 35mm in diameter), centrally located, and surrounded by somewhat smaller angular corallites.  The corallites are deeply excavated and are surrounded by relatively thin walls.

(slide show with photos of disc-like moseleya colonies and distinctive corallites)

Similar Genera

The Coral Finder places Moseleya in one key group with other members of the Faviidae and Mussidae with cerioid corallites (sharing walls).  But the corallite shape and arrangement of Moseleya produce a colony that is easily differentiated from other similar genera.


Taxonomic Changes

Learning Resources

Coral Hub

  • Faviidae family page


Suggested Reading – Identification Tools

  • Veron, J.E.N. (2000).  Corals of the World.  Australian Institute of Marine Science: Melbourne, Australia, 1382pp.
  • Veron, J.E.N.  (1986).  Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific.  Angus & Robertson: Sydney, 644pp.

Suggested Reading – Other Topics