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Goniopora palmensis

Veron and Pichon, 1982

Colonies are submassive or branching. Branches seldom fuse. Corallites are uniform, and circular in outline. Polyps have large oral cones and short pointed tentacles.

Colour: Brown, green or cream, often with white tentacle tips.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Goniopora eclipsensis , Goniopora fruticosa

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 palmensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Polyps have pointed tentacles .  Ed Lovell.

Goniopora palmensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Polyps have pointed tentacles .Ed Lovell.

Goniopora palmensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Polyps have pointed tentacles .  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora palmensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Polyps have pointed tentacles .Charlie Veron.

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

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

Goniopora palmensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch end.

Goniopora palmensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branch end.

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

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

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

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

Goniopora palmensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing a submassive growth form.

Goniopora palmensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing a submassive growth form.

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

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

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

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