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Pavona minuta

Wells, 1954

Colonies are submassive or encrusting with thin margins, and may be over one metre across. They have a smooth surface and small superficial corallites which are widely spaced. Septo-costae are in two alternating orders.

Colour: Dark green, brown or brownish-green.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Pavona decussata , Pavona duerdeni

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species was previously called Pavona xarifae Scheer and Pillai (1974). Pavona duerdeni was previously called Pavona minuta. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Scheer and Pillai (1974, as Pavona xarifae).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pavona minuta.  Philippines.  Typical appearance of encrusting plates with smooth surfaces and laminate margins.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona minuta.Philippines.Typical appearance of encrusting plates with smooth surfaces and laminate margins.Charlie Veron.

Pavona minuta.  Guam.  Detail of a plate.  Gustav Paulay.

Pavona minuta.Guam.Detail of a plate.Gustav Paulay.

Pavona minuta.  Indonesia.  Typical appearance of encrusting plates with smooth surfaces and laminate margins.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona minuta.Indonesia.Typical appearance of encrusting plates with smooth surfaces and laminate margins.Charlie Veron.

Pavona minuta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Pavona minuta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Pavona minuta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Pavona minuta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony surface.

Pavona minuta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Pavona minuta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony surface.