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Pavona frondifera

(Lamarck, 1816)

Colonies are thin plates and/or contorted fronds with narrow bases and which divide irregularly. Plates usually have radiating ridges which intergrade with fronds. Corallites are aligned in irregular shallow valleys roughly parallel to plate or frond margins.

Colour: Pale or dark brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Generally common.

Similar species: Pavona cactus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Yabe, Sugiyama and Eguchi (1936). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pavona frondifera.  Philippines.  Colony composed of a mixture of horizontal laminae and upright fronds.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona frondifera.Philippines.Colony composed of a mixture of horizontal laminae and upright fronds.Charlie Veron.

Pavona frondifera.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  In the far eastern Pacific.  Joshua Feingold.

Pavona frondifera.Far eastern Pacific islands.In the far eastern Pacific.Joshua Feingold.

Pavona frondifera.  Palau.  Frond with tentacles extended.  Roger Steene.

Pavona frondifera.Palau.Frond with tentacles extended.Roger Steene.

Pavona frondifera.  Madagascar.  Adjacent colonies of P. cactus (left) and P. frondifera (right)..  Charlie Veron.

Pavona frondifera.Madagascar.Adjacent colonies of P. cactus (left) and P. frondifera (right)..Charlie Veron.

Pavona frondifera.  Philippines.  Upright contorted fronds of a large colony.  Doug Fenner.

Pavona frondifera.Philippines.Upright contorted fronds of a large colony.Doug Fenner.

Pavona frondifera.  Red Sea.  Showing frond surface.

Pavona frondifera.Red Sea.Showing frond surface.

Pavona frondifera.  Cook Islands, south-western Pacific.  Showing frond ends.

Pavona frondifera.Cook Islands, south-western Pacific.Showing frond ends.

Pavona frondifera.  Cook Islands, south-western Pacific.  Showing fronds.

Pavona frondifera.Cook Islands, south-western Pacific.Showing fronds.

Pavona frondifera.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing colony surface.

Pavona frondifera.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing colony surface.

Pavona frondifera.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing plate formation.

Pavona frondifera.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing plate formation.

Pavona frondifera.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Pavona frondifera.Southern Red Sea.Showing corallites.