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Plesiastrea versipora

(Lamarck, 1816)

Colonies are flat and are frequently lobed, up to 3 metres across in high latitude localities, usually smaller in the tropics. Corallites are 2-4 millimetres diameter. Paliform lobes form a neat circle around small columellae. Tentacles are sometimes extended during the day; they are short and are of two alternating sizes.

Colour: Yellow, cream, green or brown, usually pale colours in the tropics and bright colours (green or brown) in high latitude areas.

Habitat: Occurs in most reef environments but especially in shaded places such as under overhangs. Also occurs on rocky foreshores of temperate locations protected from strong wave action.

Abundance: Seldom common.

Similar species: Favia stelligera , Plesiastrea devantieri

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977), Wijsman-Best (1980). 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.
Plesiastrea versipora.  South-western Australia.  A cushion-shaped colony, the most common growth-form.  Clay Bryce.

Plesiastrea versipora. South-western Australia. A cushion-shaped colony, the most common growth-form. Clay Bryce.

Plesiastrea versipora.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  A submassive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Plesiastrea versipora. Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia. A submassive colony. Charlie Veron.

Plesiastrea versipora.  Papua New Guinea.  Surface of an encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Plesiastrea versipora. Papua New Guinea. Surface of an encrusting colony. Charlie Veron.

Plesiastrea versipora.  Southern Australia.  Surface of a large massive colony.  null.

Plesiastrea versipora. Southern Australia. Surface of a large massive colony. null.

Plesiastrea versipora.  Philippines.  With tentacles partly extended.  Charlie Veron.

Plesiastrea versipora. Philippines. With tentacles partly extended. Charlie Veron.

Plesiastrea versipora.  Vietnam.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Plesiastrea versipora. Vietnam. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Plesiastrea versipora.  Madagascar.  Surface of a large massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Plesiastrea versipora. Madagascar. Surface of a large massive colony. Charlie Veron.

Plesiastrea versipora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Plesiastrea versipora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Plesiastrea versipora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Plesiastrea versipora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Plesiastrea versipora.  South Australia.  Showing corallites.

Plesiastrea versipora. South Australia. Showing corallites.

Plesiastrea versipora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Plesiastrea versipora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Plesiastrea versipora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Plesiastrea versipora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Plesiastrea versipora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Plesiastrea versipora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.