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Goniopora eclipsensis

Veron and Pichon, 1982

Colonies are small branching cylindrical columns. Corallites are circular in outline, with thick walls and septa. Six paliform lobes form a crown.

Colour: Uniform brown, with or without paler tentacle tips.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Goniopora palmensis , Goniopora pandoraensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1982). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniopora eclipsensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  With G. pandoraensis (left), showing differences in polyp structure and colour.  Ed Lovell.

Goniopora eclipsensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.With G. pandoraensis (left), showing differences in polyp structure and colour.Ed Lovell.

Goniopora eclipsensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Polyps compared with the much larger G. lobata (left).  Ed Lovell.

Goniopora eclipsensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Polyps compared with the much larger G. lobata (left).Ed Lovell.

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

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

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

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

Goniopora eclipsensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Goniopora eclipsensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branches.

Goniopora eclipsensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Goniopora eclipsensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branches.