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Goniopora djiboutiensis

Vaughan, 1907

Colonies are submassive or are short thick columns. Columellae are prominent, dome-shaped, and commonly divided into six parts, each part having a deltaic pattern of four septa. Polyps have large oral cones.

Colour: Pale or dark brown or green. Oral cones are usually white or blue (which may photograph pink).

Habitat: May form large single species stands in turbid water.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Goniopora pendulus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1982). 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.
Goniopora djiboutiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  With G. pandoraensis (left and right).  Ed Lovell.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.With G. pandoraensis (left and right).Ed Lovell.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.  Tanzania.  A colony 20 cm across with polyps extended.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.Tanzania.A colony 20 cm across with polyps extended.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Polyp detail.  Ed Lovell.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Polyp detail.Ed Lovell.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  The typical appearance of polyps.  Ed Lovell.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.The typical appearance of polyps.Ed Lovell.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.  Philippines.  Showing massive colony.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.Philippines.Showing massive colony.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora djiboutiensis.Philippines.Showing corallites.