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Goniopora norfolkensis

Veron and Pichon, 1982

Colonies are hemispherical to encrusting. Calices have small columellae and long, regular, steeply plunging septa. Paliform lobes are absent. Columellae are small or absent.

Colour: Usually greenish brown with distinctively coloured oral discs and pale tips to the tentacles.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon except at Norfolk Island, western Pacific.

Similar species: Goniopora pendulus , Goniopora tenuidens

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 norfolkensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  A large massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora norfolkensis.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.A large massive colony.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora norfolkensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Encrusting colonies with some polyps extended.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora norfolkensis.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Encrusting colonies with some polyps extended.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora norfolkensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Polyps have long shaggy tentacles.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora norfolkensis.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Polyps have long shaggy tentacles.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora norfolkensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Polyps in the process of retracting after being disturbed.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora norfolkensis.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Polyps in the process of retracting after being disturbed.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora norfolkensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Polyp detail.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora norfolkensis.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Polyp detail.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora norfolkensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Goniopora norfolkensis.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Showing colony surface.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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