The offspring of Manicina areolata are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Manicina areolata, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Manicina areolata, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.
Description: Colonies are either free-living or attached; the former have a cone-shaped undersurface. Small colonies are oval shaped and consist of a central axial valley with short side valleys. Larger colonies are hemispherical and meandroid. There is a conspicuous ambulacral groove along the tops of valley walls. Septa are thick and even.
Color: Usually uniform pale orange-brown but may be a variety of browns, greys and greens with contrasting colours of valleys and walls.
Habitat: Subtidal seagrass beds where colonies are small and free-living, also shallow reef environments where colonies are attached and become hemispherical.
Abundance: Usually uncommon.
Similar Species: Colpophyllia natans. Small colonies resemble Diploria labyrinthiformis and the species generally resembles the trachyphyllid Trachyphyllia geoffroyi.