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Biology

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zooxanthellate
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WoRMS Editorial Board
bibliographic citation
Veron, J. E. N. (1986). Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific. <em>Angus & Robertson Publishers.</em> Veron, J. E. N. (1986). Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific. <em>Angus & Robertson Publishers.</em> van der Land, J. (ed). (2008). UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms (URMO).
Contributor
Jacob van der Land [email]

Description

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This species forms massive colonies, sometimes large, but has tiny calices of 1 mm diameter or less. The sides of colonies show a typical Pavona pattern. On the tops of the columns, (which is the part most likely to be collected), corallites are lightly calcified such that they have thin walls and are partly detached from neighbours (Sheppard, 1998). Colonies are massive, divided into parallel or irregular ridges or hillocks. Corallites are small, giving colonies a smooth appearance; they have strongly alternating septo-costae. Colour: uniform grey. Abundance: uncommon but colonies may be very large, over 10 m in diameter (Veron, 1986).
license
cc-by-4.0
copyright
WoRMS Editorial Board
bibliographic citation
Veron, J. E. N. (1986). Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific. <em>Angus & Robertson Publishers.</em> Veron, J. E. N. (1986). Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific. <em>Angus & Robertson Publishers.</em> van der Land, J. (ed). (2008). UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms (URMO).
Contributor
Edward Vanden Berghe [email]