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Fungia danai

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1851

Polyps are circular, up to 300 millimetres diameter and not heavily calcified, with a strong central arch. Septa are straight and have very large teeth and a prominent tentacular lobe. Costae are compact, with large branching spines of different sizes on different orders. The undersurface has pits between the costae but few deep perforations.

Colour: Usually brown, sometimes mottled, with pale septal margins and tentacular lobes.

Habitat: Reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Fungia danai.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  A polyp with large septal teeth. Tentacular lobes are white.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia danai.Ashmore Reef, western Australia.A polyp with large septal teeth. Tentacular lobes are white.Charlie Veron.

Fungia danai.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A mottled polyp.  Jim Maragos.

Fungia danai.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A mottled polyp.Jim Maragos.

Fungia danai.  Indonesia.  Detail showing prominent (white) tentacular lobes.  Neville Coleman.

Fungia danai.Indonesia.Detail showing prominent (white) tentacular lobes.Neville Coleman.

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

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

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

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

Fungia danai.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing lower surface.

Fungia danai.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing lower surface.

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

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

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

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