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Goniopora lobata

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1860

Colonies are hemispherical or, more usually, form short thick columns. Columellae and oral cones are small. Polyps are elongate when fully extended.

Colour: Usually brown, yellow or green, often with contrasting oral cones and tentacle tips.

Habitat: Forms large single species stands, especially in turbid water.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Goniopora stokesi

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1982). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniopora lobata.  Papua New Guinea.  The typical appearance of a large colony.  null.

Goniopora lobata.Papua New Guinea.The typical appearance of a large colony.null.

Goniopora lobata.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  The columnar structure of large colonies is masked if polyps are fully extended.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora lobata.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.The columnar structure of large colonies is masked if polyps are fully extended.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora lobata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora lobata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.null.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora lobata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora lobata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.null.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora lobata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora lobata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.null.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora lobata.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Polyps have small oral discs, a useful character in underwater identification.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora lobata.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Polyps have small oral discs, a useful character in underwater identification.Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goniopora lobata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Goniopora lobata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing whole colony.