The great star coral grows in fairly small colonies, often forming domes, boulders or cone-shaped structures, or sometimes growing in flat plates or thick cruss. Distinctive because of its highly variable appearance, the great star coral may be green, brown, grey, orange or red in colour, while the corallites (hard, calcareous skeletons secreted by individual polyps) are usually large and protruding, varying extensively in shape and size, with 48 alternating, long and short septa radiating from the inside.
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