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Goniastrea palauensis

(Yabe and Sugiyama, 1936)

Colonies are massive and usually flattened or hillocky. Polyps are cerioid, with thick walls. Columellae are small and are surrounded by a crown of tall paliform lobes. Septa are straight, with a neat appearance.

Colour: Usually brown or dull green becoming dark in deep water. Oral discs are usually cream but may be bright green.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Goniastrea peresi

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniastrea palauensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing the typical appearance of a small colony.  Ed Lovell.

Goniastrea palauensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing the typical appearance of a small colony.Ed Lovell.

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

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

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

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

Goniastrea palauensis.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Ed Lovell.

Goniastrea palauensis.Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Ed Lovell.

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

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

Goniastrea palauensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing massive colony.

Goniastrea palauensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing massive colony.

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

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

Goniastrea palauensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing massive colony.

Goniastrea palauensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing massive colony.

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

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