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Platygyra daedalea

(Ellis and Solander, 1786)

Colonies are massive to encrusting, and meandroid or submeandroid, with thick walls. Septa are exsert and have a characteristically ragged appearance. Columellae are weakly developed and centres are indistinct.

Colour: Commonly brightly coloured, usually with brown walls and grey or green valleys.

Habitat: Most reef environments, especially back reef margins.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wijsman-Best (1972), Chevalier (1975), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Platygyra daedalea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface of large colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra daedalea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Surface of large colonies. Charlie Veron.

Platygyra daedalea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A small massive colony with typical characters of the species well developed.  Ed Lovell.

Platygyra daedalea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. A small massive colony with typical characters of the species well developed. Ed Lovell.

Platygyra daedalea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface of large colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra daedalea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Surface of large colonies. Charlie Veron.

Platygyra daedalea.  Philippines.  Characteristic appearance of valleys.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra daedalea. Philippines. Characteristic appearance of valleys. Charlie Veron.

Platygyra daedalea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Platygyra daedalea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing valleys.

Platygyra daedalea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Platygyra daedalea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing valleys.

Platygyra daedalea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Platygyra daedalea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing valleys.