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Goniastrea retiformis

(Lamarck, 1816)

Colonies are massive, hemispherical, flat or columnar, and commonly over one metre across. Corallites are four to six sided. Long and short septa clearly alternate and are thin and straight with well developed thin paliform lobes.

Colour: Uniform cream or pale brown, occasionally brown, pink or green.

Habitat: Sometimes a dominant species of intertidal habitats.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Goniastrea minuta

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 retiformis.  Seychelle Islands.  A small massive colony in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea retiformis. Seychelle Islands. A small massive colony in shallow water. Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea retiformis.  Indonesia.  Forming flat paving-like colonies on a wave washed reef flat.  Neville Coleman.

Goniastrea retiformis. Indonesia. Forming flat paving-like colonies on a wave washed reef flat. Neville Coleman.

Goniastrea retiformis.  Solomon Islands.  A flat plate with neatly arranged corallites.  Julian Sprung.

Goniastrea retiformis. Solomon Islands. A flat plate with neatly arranged corallites. Julian Sprung.

Goniastrea retiformis.  Red Sea.  An encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea retiformis. Red Sea. An encrusting colony. Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea retiformis.  Palau.  Corallite detail.  Gustav Paulay.

Goniastrea retiformis. Palau. Corallite detail. Gustav Paulay.

Goniastrea retiformis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Ed Lovell.

Goniastrea retiformis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Corallite detail. Ed Lovell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goniastrea retiformis.  South Africa.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea retiformis. South Africa. Showing corallites.