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Goniopora fruticosa

Saville-Kent, 1893

Colonies are encrusting or branching, with highly fused branches. Corallites are rounded or polygonal. Columellae are broad and conspicuous. Polyps have fine, tapered tentacles.

Colour: Dark brown with white oral discs.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes protected from strong wave action.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Goniopora palmensis , Goniopora savignyi

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1982). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniopora fruticosa.  null.  Colony surface.  null.

Goniopora fruticosa.null.Colony surface.null.

Goniopora fruticosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A small colony forming branches.  Ed Lovell.

Goniopora fruticosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A small colony forming branches.Ed Lovell.

Goniopora fruticosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Polyps of this species are distinctive.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora fruticosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Polyps of this species are distinctive.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora fruticosa.  Indonesia.  Colonies have irregular shapes.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora fruticosa.Indonesia.Colonies have irregular shapes.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora fruticosa.  Philippines.  Colonies have irregular shapes.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora fruticosa.Philippines.Colonies have irregular shapes.Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

Goniopora fruticosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Goniopora fruticosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.

Goniopora fruticosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branching pattern.

Goniopora fruticosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branching pattern.