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Goniopora pendulus

Veron, 1985

Colonies are hemispherical. Columellae are large. Polyps are large, with drooping tentacles.

Colour: Brown or greenish-brown.

Habitat: Protected turbid reef environments.

Abundance: Common at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-west Australia, uncommon elsewhere.

Similar species: Goniopora ciliatus , Goniopora djiboutiensis , Goniopora lobata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (1985). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniopora pendulus.  Mainland Japan.  This species forms massive colonies which have a shaggy appearance due to long polyps and tentacles.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora pendulus.Mainland Japan.This species forms massive colonies which have a shaggy appearance due to long polyps and tentacles.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora pendulus.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Polyps detail.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora pendulus.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Polyps detail.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora pendulus.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora pendulus.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.

Goniopora pendulus.  Philippines.  Showing colony surface.

Goniopora pendulus.Philippines.Showing colony surface.

Goniopora pendulus.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branch end.

Goniopora pendulus.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branch end.