Polyps are oval, thick, heavy and up to 170 millimetres long. Primary septa commence with a tall tentacular lobe and these are distributed at regular intervals from the mouth to the perimeter.
Usually brown, blue or yellow, often with bright green, blue or white tentacular lobes.
Found with other Fungia species and also on upper reef slopes exposed to strong wave action.
Common and distinctive.
Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Pichon (1980), Hoeksema (1989). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Fungia scutaria.Ashmore Reef, western Australia.Violet patches where the polyp has been damaged are common.Charlie Veron.
Fungia scutaria.Indonesia.Polyp with several mouths.Jim Maragos.
Fungia scutaria.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing the neat arrangement of septa and septal lobes.Charlie Veron.
Fungia scutaria.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Detail of septa.Charlie Veron.
Fungia scutaria.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing upper surface.
Fungia scutaria.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing septa with tentacular lobes.
Fungia scutaria.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing lower surface.
Fungia scutaria.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing costae.
Fungia scutaria.Hawaii.Showing upper surface.