Description: Colonies are composed of gnarled branches that divide irregularly. They may form stands over 5 metres across. Corallites are large, composed of an interlocking network of rods and spines. Polyps are large with knob-like tentacle tips.
Color: Pale tan when polyps are retracted. Extended polyps are amber or yellowish with white oral discs, sometimes with white tentacle tips.
Habitat: Occurs only on soft substrates in deep water or in shallow turbid water protected from wave action and currents.
Abundance: Uncommon but conspicuous.
Similar Species: Alveopora gigas and A. allingi.
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Hexacorallia (Subclass) > Scleractinia (Order) > Acroporidae (Family) > Alveopora (Genus) > Alveopora catalai (Species)