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.
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).
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.Guam.Detail of a plate.Gustav Paulay.
Pavona minuta.Indonesia.Typical appearance of encrusting plates with smooth surfaces and laminate margins.Charlie Veron.