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Fungia fungites

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Polyps are approximately circular and up to 280 millimetres diameter. Septal teeth are triangular, pointed and usually have well defined central ribs. Tentacular lobes may be present. Costal spines are tall, smooth and conical.

Colour: Brown, sometimes mottled, often with pale tentacular lobes.

Habitat: Reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Pichon (1980), Hoeksema (1989). 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 fungites.  Tanzania.  Showing regular septal teeth with internal ridges and small tentacular lobes.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia fungites.Tanzania.Showing regular septal teeth with internal ridges and small tentacular lobes.Charlie Veron.

Fungia fungites.  Fiji.  Septal detail.  Neville Coleman.

Fungia fungites.Fiji.Septal detail.Neville Coleman.

Fungia fungites.  Fiji.  Mouth.  Neville Coleman.

Fungia fungites.Fiji.Mouth.Neville Coleman.

Fungia fungites.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Costal spines at the edge of a polyp.  Neville Coleman.

Fungia fungites.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Costal spines at the edge of a polyp.Neville Coleman.

Fungia fungites.  Fiji.  Tentacular lobes (where septa commence) are sometimes distinctly coloured.  Neville Coleman.

Fungia fungites.Fiji.Tentacular lobes (where septa commence) are sometimes distinctly coloured.Neville Coleman.

Fungia fungites.  Indonesia.  Showing regular septal teeth with internal ridges and small tentacular lobes.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia fungites.Indonesia.Showing regular septal teeth with internal ridges and small tentacular lobes.Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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