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Pavona clavus

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are columnar, club-shaped and/or laminar and may form colonies several metres across or extensive single species stands. Columns divide but do not fuse. Corallites have thick walls and are well defined. Septo-costae are of two very distinct orders. Columellae are short or absent.

Colour: Uniform pale grey, cream or brown.

Habitat: Occurs commonly in habitats exposed to currents.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Pavona bipartita

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pavona clavus.  Tanzania.  A large dome-shaped colony composed of compact columns.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona clavus. Tanzania. A large dome-shaped colony composed of compact columns. Charlie Veron.

Pavona clavus.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Tall columns.  Valerie Taylor.

Pavona clavus. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Tall columns. Valerie Taylor.

Pavona clavus.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  A submassive colony in a habitat exposed to strong wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona clavus. Ashmore Reef, western Australia. A submassive colony in a habitat exposed to strong wave action. Charlie Veron.

Pavona clavus.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  The edge of a thin frond.  Len Zell.

Pavona clavus. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The edge of a thin frond. Len Zell.

Pavona clavus.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Pavona clavus. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Pavona clavus.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Pavona clavus. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Pavona clavus.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch end.

Pavona clavus. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branch end.

Pavona clavus.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Pavona clavus. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branches.