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.
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).
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.Tanzania.Short intersecting fronds in a shallow wave washed habitat.Charlie Veron.
Pavona decussata.Ningaloo Reefs, western Australia.Surface of a frond.Charlie Veron.