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Goniastrea australensis

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1857)

Colonies are submassive or encrusting, and meandroid, with sinuous valleys. Columella centres and paliform lobes are well developed.

Colour: Very variable but usually a uniform dull green or brown or with walls and valley floors of contrasting dull or bright colours.

Habitat: Shallow or clear water.

Abundance: Common, may be a dominant species of subtropical reefs.

Similar species: Oulophyllia crispa , Platygyra lamellina

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wijsman-Best (1972), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). 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.
Goniastrea australensis.  South-western Australia.  Encrusting a rock.  Clay Bryce.

Goniastrea australensis.South-western Australia.Encrusting a rock.Clay Bryce.

Goniastrea australensis.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  Two encrusting colonies overgrowing each other.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea australensis.Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.Two encrusting colonies overgrowing each other.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea australensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea australensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea australensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Valerie Taylor.

Goniastrea australensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Valerie Taylor.

Goniastrea australensis.  Mainland Japan.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea australensis.Mainland Japan.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea australensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea australensis.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea australensis.  Palau.  Walls may be thick in shallow water colonies.  Gustav Paulay.

Goniastrea australensis.Palau.Walls may be thick in shallow water colonies.Gustav Paulay.

Goniastrea australensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Goniastrea australensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valleys.

Goniastrea australensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Goniastrea australensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valleys.

Goniastrea australensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Goniastrea australensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valleys.

Goniastrea australensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Goniastrea australensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valleys.