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Goniopora minor

Crossland, 1952

Colonies are hemispherical or encrusting. Calices are circular in outline, with thick walls. There are usually six thick pali which are in contact, forming a crown. All septal structures are heavily granulated.

Colour: Brown or green, usually with distinctively coloured oral discs and pale tips to the tentacles.

Habitat: Subtidal reef environments, especially lagoons.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Goniopora tenuidens

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1982). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniopora minor.  Ningaloo Reefs, western Australia.  Colonies are massive or lobed.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora minor.Ningaloo Reefs, western Australia.Colonies are massive or lobed.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora minor.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  A typically even cover of fully extended polyps.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora minor.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.A typically even cover of fully extended polyps.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora minor.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Colonies commonly have partly retracted polyps.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora minor.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Colonies commonly have partly retracted polyps.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora minor.  Philippines.  A carpet of tentacles.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora minor.Philippines.A carpet of tentacles.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora minor.  null.  Polyps have pointed tentacle tips.  Ed Lovell.

Goniopora minor.null.Polyps have pointed tentacle tips.Ed Lovell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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