Skip to Content
Sign up
Report an error

Fungia klunzingeri

Döderlein, 1901

Polyps are circular, up to 200 millimetres diameter and flat or with a central dome. Septa are of markedly different sizes and have large triangular to columnar teeth with a central rib and which form a regular pattern. Tentacular lobes are usually not developed. Costae are widely spaced, the larger having simple spines. The undersurface has pits between the costae.

Colour: Brown, sometimes with radiating stripes, with white tentacular lobes.

Habitat: Reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Common in the western Indian Ocean and Red Sea, 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), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Fungia klunzingeri.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing the even saw-like septal teeth.  Jim Maragos.

Fungia klunzingeri.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing the even saw-like septal teeth.Jim Maragos.

Fungia klunzingeri.  Tanzania.  Showing the even saw-like septal teeth.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia klunzingeri.Tanzania.Showing the even saw-like septal teeth.Charlie Veron.

Fungia klunzingeri.  Tanzania.  Detail of septal teeth.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia klunzingeri.Tanzania.Detail of septal teeth.Charlie Veron.

Fungia klunzingeri.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A large specimen showing orderly arrangement of septa.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia klunzingeri.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A large specimen showing orderly arrangement of septa.Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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