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Pavona danai

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1860

Colonies have short, stunted, contorted, laminar branches or fronds, which are angular in cross section. Corallites are irregular or are aligned vertically in short shallow valleys.

Colour: Pale or dark brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments exposed to wave action.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Vaughan (1918). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pavona danai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing the typically short stunted branches.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona danai.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing the typically short stunted branches.Charlie Veron.

Pavona danai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona danai.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Pavona danai.  Red Sea.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona danai.Red Sea.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Pavona danai.  Locality not recorded.  Showing small contorted fronds.

Pavona danai.Locality not recorded.Showing small contorted fronds.

Pavona danai.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Pavona danai.Southern Red Sea.Showing corallites.