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Fungia corona

Döderlein, 1901

Polyps have an irregular outline, flat to strongly convex, thin and light. Septa are of markedly different sizes and have large pointed teeth. Tentacular lobes are weakly developed. Costae are widely spaced, the larger having simple spines. The undersurface has pits between the costae.

Colour: Pale brown often with pale septal margins and tentacular lobes.

Habitat: Reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Common in the Red Sea and western Indian Ocean, uncommon elsewhere.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Fungia corona.  Tanzania.  Polyps with a convex upper surface and highly irregular septa.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia corona. Tanzania. Polyps with a convex upper surface and highly irregular septa. Charlie Veron.

Fungia corona.  Tanzania.  Polyps with a convex upper surface and highly irregular septa.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia corona. Tanzania. Polyps with a convex upper surface and highly irregular septa. Charlie Veron.

Fungia corona.  Tanzania.  Surface detail of a dome.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia corona. Tanzania. Surface detail of a dome. Charlie Veron.

Fungia corona.  Philippines.  Septal detail.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia corona. Philippines. Septal detail. Charlie Veron.

Fungia corona.  Tanzania.  Polyp with a high arch.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia corona. Tanzania. Polyp with a high arch. Charlie Veron.

Fungia corona.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing septa.

Fungia corona. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing septa.

Fungia corona.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing upper surface.

Fungia corona. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing upper surface.

Fungia corona.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing upper surface.

Fungia corona. Southern Red Sea. Showing upper surface.

Fungia corona.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing lower surface.

Fungia corona. Southern Red Sea. Showing lower surface.

Fungia corona.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing septa.

Fungia corona. Southern Red Sea. Showing septa.

Fungia corona.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing costae.

Fungia corona. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing costae.

Fungia corona.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing septa.

Fungia corona. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing septa.