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Platygyra lamellina

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are massive and meandroid, with thick walls. Septa are uniformly exsert and are neat and rounded. Columellae may be well developed, but do not form distinct centres.

Colour: Usually brown or with brown walls and grey or green valleys.

Habitat: Most reef environments, especially back reef margins.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Goniastrea australensis , Platygyra crosslandi

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wijsman-Best (1972), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). 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.
Platygyra lamellina.  Philippines.  A massive colony showing a history of damage and recovery.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra lamellina.Philippines.A massive colony showing a history of damage and recovery.Charlie Veron.

Platygyra lamellina.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  This species usually forms flat plates with valleys approximately perpendicular to the margin.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra lamellina.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.This species usually forms flat plates with valleys approximately perpendicular to the margin.Charlie Veron.

Platygyra lamellina.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra lamellina.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.null.Charlie Veron.

Platygyra lamellina.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Platygyra lamellina.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Platygyra lamellina.  null.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Platygyra lamellina.null.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Platygyra lamellina.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  This species usually forms flat plates with valleys approximately perpendicular to the margin.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra lamellina.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.This species usually forms flat plates with valleys approximately perpendicular to the margin.Charlie Veron.

Platygyra lamellina.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Neville Coleman.

Platygyra lamellina.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Neville Coleman.

Platygyra lamellina.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing massive colony.

Platygyra lamellina.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing massive colony.

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

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

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

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

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

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