Colonies are massive and divided into parallel or irregular ridges or hillocks. They form some of the largest massive colonies of all corals, yet skeletons are dense indicating a slow growth rate. Corallites are small, giving colonies a smooth appearance. They have strongly alternating septo-costae.
Usually uniform grey, sometimes brown.
Most reef environments and forms large colonies on horizontal shallow substrates.
Uncommon but conspicuous. Rare in the Red Sea.
Taxonomic note: This species was previously called Pavona minuta Wells, 1954 as P. duerdeni was considered a distinct species. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980, as Pavona minuta). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), all as Pavona minuta.
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pavona duerdeni.Solomon Islands.Large colonies are often beautifully sculptured.Jim Maragos.
Pavona duerdeni.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Large colonies are often beautifully sculptured.Charlie Veron.