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Pavona maldivensis

(Gardiner, 1905)

Colonies are columnar and/or thin horizontal or encrusting plates. Individual colonies are commonly mixtures of these growth-forms. Columnar growth-forms occur where wave action is strong, plates occur in protected habitats. Corallites are circular, plocoid and usually of irregular sizes. Those near plate margins may be aligned in parallel rows.

Colour: Pale or dark grey-brown or green, sometimes bright orange.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments, especially those exposed to strong wave action, also on vertical rock faces and in caverns.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species:

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).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pavona maldivensis.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  The characteristically club-shaped appearance of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona maldivensis. Far eastern Pacific islands. The characteristically club-shaped appearance of branches. Charlie Veron.

Pavona maldivensis.  Philippines.  Forming free-living coralliths.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona maldivensis. Philippines. Forming free-living coralliths. Charlie Veron.

Pavona maldivensis.  Papua New Guinea.  An extensive colony of fine encrusting laminae at a cave entrance.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona maldivensis. Papua New Guinea. An extensive colony of fine encrusting laminae at a cave entrance. Charlie Veron.

Pavona maldivensis.  Tonga, south-west Pacific.  Starting to form both columns and plates.  Gustav Paulay.

Pavona maldivensis. Tonga, south-west Pacific. Starting to form both columns and plates. Gustav Paulay.

Pavona maldivensis.  Red Sea.  Columnar colony on an exposed upper reef slope. Columnar or branching colonies occur in habitats exposed to strong wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona maldivensis. Red Sea. Columnar colony on an exposed upper reef slope. Columnar or branching colonies occur in habitats exposed to strong wave action. Charlie Veron.

Pavona maldivensis.  Madagascar.  Forming thin plates.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona maldivensis. Madagascar. Forming thin plates. Charlie Veron.

Pavona maldivensis.  Red Sea.  Corallite detail of a plate.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Pavona maldivensis. Red Sea. Corallite detail of a plate. Mary Stafford-Smith.

Pavona maldivensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Pavona maldivensis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony surface.

Pavona maldivensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Pavona maldivensis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony surface.

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

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