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Goniopora tenuidens

(Quelch, 1886)

Colonies are massive, hemispherical or irregular. Corallites are rounded with thin walls and have six prominent paliform lobes. Polyps are closely compacted, uniform in length and have tentacles of uniform length.

Colour: Uniform blue (which may photograph pink), green or brown, sometimes with white tips to the tentacles.

Habitat: Subtidal reef environments, especially lagoons.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Goniopora minor , Goniopora norfolkensis , Goniopora pearsoni

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniopora tenuidens.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Colonies are commonly hemispherical, especially in shallow water.  Ed Lovell.

Goniopora tenuidens. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Colonies are commonly hemispherical, especially in shallow water. Ed Lovell.

Goniopora tenuidens.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  The species is readily recognised by the uniform length of the polyp tentacles.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora tenuidens. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The species is readily recognised by the uniform length of the polyp tentacles. Charlie Veron.

Goniopora tenuidens.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface view of the polyps.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora tenuidens. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Surface view of the polyps. Charlie Veron.

Goniopora tenuidens.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Goniopora tenuidens. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony surface.

Goniopora tenuidens.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing mature colony.

Goniopora tenuidens. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing mature colony.

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

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

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

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

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

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