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Goniastrea edwardsi

Chevalier, 1971

Colonies are massive, hemispherical or columnar and often over one metre across. Corallites are only slightly angular, with thick rounded walls. Septa are irregular in length and taper from the wall to the columellae, which are small. Paliform lobes are thick.

Colour: Uniform cream or brown, occasionally with orange centres.

Habitat: Mostly shallow subtidal communities.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: 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 edwardsi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A massive colony in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea edwardsi. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. A massive colony in shallow water. Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea edwardsi.  Philippines.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea edwardsi. Philippines. null. Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea edwardsi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Ed Lovell.

Goniastrea edwardsi. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing common variation in corallite shape and colour. Ed Lovell.

Goniastrea edwardsi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Goniastrea edwardsi. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Goniastrea edwardsi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea edwardsi. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Goniastrea edwardsi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites of exposed colony.

Goniastrea edwardsi. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites of exposed colony.