Skip to Content
Sign up
Report an error

Pavona duerdeni

Vaughan, 1907

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.

Colour: Usually uniform grey, sometimes brown.

Habitat: Most reef environments and forms large colonies on horizontal shallow substrates.

Abundance: Uncommon but conspicuous. Rare in the Red Sea.

Similar species: Pavona minuta

Taxonomic note: 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.

Map 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. Solomon Islands. Large colonies are often beautifully sculptured. Jim Maragos.

Pavona duerdeni.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Large colonies are often beautifully sculptured.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona duerdeni. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Large colonies are often beautifully sculptured. Charlie Veron.

Pavona duerdeni.  Guam.  Surface detail.  Gustav Paulay.

Pavona duerdeni. Guam. Surface detail. Gustav Paulay.

Pavona duerdeni.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail. The angular pattern of some septo-costae is characteristic.  Valerie Taylor.

Pavona duerdeni. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Corallite detail. The angular pattern of some septo-costae is characteristic. Valerie Taylor.

Pavona duerdeni.  Indonesia.  With tentacles extended.  Roger Steene.

Pavona duerdeni. Indonesia. With tentacles extended. Roger Steene.

Pavona duerdeni.  Hawaii.  Surface detail.  Keoki Sender.

Pavona duerdeni. Hawaii. Surface detail. Keoki Sender.

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

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

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

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

Pavona duerdeni.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  Showing branch end.

Pavona duerdeni. Far eastern Pacific islands. Showing branch end.

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

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

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

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