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Platygyra sinensis

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849)

Colonies are massive or flat and usually fully meandroid, with thin walls. Septa are thin and slightly exsert. Columellae are weakly developed and there are no columella centres.

Colour: Variable dull or bright colours.

Habitat: Most reef environments, especially back reef margins.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Goniastrea favulus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wijsman-Best (1972), Chevalier (1975), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Platygyra sinensis.  null.  This species forms large massive colonies.  Gerry Allen.

Platygyra sinensis.null.This species forms large massive colonies.Gerry Allen.

Platygyra sinensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  On an intertidal reef flat. This combination of sinuous and straight valleys is not uncommon in large colonies.  Isobel Bennett.

Platygyra sinensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.On an intertidal reef flat. This combination of sinuous and straight valleys is not uncommon in large colonies.Isobel Bennett.

Platygyra sinensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Detail of valleys.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra sinensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Detail of valleys.Charlie Veron.

Platygyra sinensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Colony surface.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Platygyra sinensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Colony surface.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Platygyra sinensis.  Maldive Islands, Indian Ocean.  Detail of valleys.  Neville Coleman.

Platygyra sinensis.Maldive Islands, Indian Ocean.Detail of valleys.Neville Coleman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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