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Pavona decussata

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are thick interconnecting bifacial upright plates or are submassive, with or without lobed horizontal margins and upright plates. Corallites are irregular, deep seated, and are sometimes aligned parallel to margins or to radiating ridges.

Colour: Brown, creamy-yellow or greenish.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Pavona danai , Pavona frondifera

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pavona decussata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A side view of vertical fronds.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona decussata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. A side view of vertical fronds. Charlie Veron.

Pavona decussata.  Tanzania.  Short intersecting fronds in a shallow wave washed habitat.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona decussata. Tanzania. Short intersecting fronds in a shallow wave washed habitat. Charlie Veron.

Pavona decussata.  Ningaloo Reefs, western Australia.  Surface of a frond.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona decussata. Ningaloo Reefs, western Australia. Surface of a frond. Charlie Veron.

Pavona decussata.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona decussata. Philippines. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Pavona decussata.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona decussata. Philippines. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Pavona decussata.  Solomon Islands.  Corallite detail.  Roger Steene.

Pavona decussata. Solomon Islands. Corallite detail. Roger Steene.

Pavona decussata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing frond surface.

Pavona decussata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing frond surface.

Pavona decussata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Pavona decussata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing whole colony.

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

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

Pavona decussata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate surface.

Pavona decussata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing plate surface.

Pavona decussata.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Pavona decussata. Southern Red Sea. Showing corallites.

Pavona decussata.  South Africa.  Showing corallites.

Pavona decussata. South Africa. Showing corallites.