Characters: Colonies are small (less than 0.1 metre across) and encrusting. The surface has small (approximately 8 mm diameter) mounds which do not develop into branches. Corallites have well developed hoods facing different directions. They have style-like columellae and septa in two unequal cycles. Colour: Usually cream or pinkish. Similar species: None; this is the only encrusting Stylophora. Habitat: Found only on vertical surfaces of mid- to lower reef slopes. Abundance: Uncommon but distinctive