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Pavona venosa

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are massive to encrusting. Corallites are in short valleys with acute walls. Septo-costae are generally in three orders and are widely spaced. Columellae are poorly developed or absent.

Colour: Yellow-brown or pinkish-brown, sometimes mottled.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon but distinctive.

Similar species: Gardineroseris planulata

Taxonomic note: 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 venosa.  Philippines.  Showing the typically irregular surface of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona venosa.Philippines.Showing the typically irregular surface of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Pavona venosa.  Papua New Guinea.  A small encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona venosa.Papua New Guinea.A small encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Pavona venosa.  Philippines.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona venosa.Philippines.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Pavona venosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  An encrusting colony with tentacles extended during the day.  Len Zell.

Pavona venosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.An encrusting colony with tentacles extended during the day.Len Zell.

Pavona venosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  This species commonly forms irregular massive colonies.  Len Zell.

Pavona venosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.This species commonly forms irregular massive colonies.Len Zell.

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

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

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

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

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

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