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Pavona bipartita

Nemenzo, 1980

Colonies are submassive or encrusting and may be over one metre across. Corallites are uniformly distributed but collines are characteristically uneven in height and may form slightly raised ridges several centimetres long. Septo-costae are in two slightly alternating orders.

Colour: Uniform pale to dark brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Pavona duerdeni

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. Two further little-known and undescribed species are close to Pavona bipartita. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Nemenzo (1980). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pavona bipartita.  Papua New Guinea.  A large submassive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona bipartita.Papua New Guinea.A large submassive colony.Charlie Veron.

Pavona bipartita.  Seychelle Islands.  P. bipartita (above) with P. explanulata (below).  Charlie Veron.

Pavona bipartita.Seychelle Islands.P. bipartita (above) with P. explanulata (below).Charlie Veron.

Pavona bipartita.  Philippines.  Surface of an encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona bipartita.Philippines.Surface of an encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Pavona bipartita.  Vanuatu.  Corallite detail. The uneven heights of ridges are characteristic.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona bipartita.Vanuatu.Corallite detail. The uneven heights of ridges are characteristic.Charlie Veron.

Pavona bipartita.  Red Sea.  Surface of a submassive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona bipartita.Red Sea.Surface of a submassive colony.Charlie Veron.

Pavona bipartita.  Vanuatu.  Showing corallites.

Pavona bipartita.Vanuatu.Showing corallites.

Pavona bipartita.  Philippines.  Showing colony surface.

Pavona bipartita.Philippines.Showing colony surface.