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Platygyra contorta

Veron, 1990

Colonies are massive, encrusting or columnar. Valleys are usually long and relatively straight at colony margins, becoming short, sinuous and contorted towards the colony centre. Walls are thin. Septa are highly irregular.

Colour: Red, grey, pale yellow or green, with valley walls and floors of contrasting colours.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores or shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common only around mainland Japan.

Similar species: Goniastrea deformis , Platygyra verweyi

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (1990a). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Platygyra contorta.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Plate-like lobes of a submassive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra contorta.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Plate-like lobes of a submassive colony.Charlie Veron.

Platygyra contorta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Valley detail. Valleys are usually fleshy in subtropical localities.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra contorta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Valley detail. Valleys are usually fleshy in subtropical localities.Charlie Veron.

Platygyra contorta.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Variation in valley colour and structure.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra contorta.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Variation in valley colour and structure.Charlie Veron.

Platygyra contorta.  Philippines.  Variation in valley colour and structure.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra contorta.Philippines.Variation in valley colour and structure.Charlie Veron.

Platygyra contorta.  Mainland Japan.  Valley detail. Valleys are usually fleshy in subtropical localities.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra contorta.Mainland Japan.Valley detail. Valleys are usually fleshy in subtropical localities.Charlie Veron.

Platygyra contorta.  Indonesia.  A large lobed colony.  Charlie Veron.

Platygyra contorta.Indonesia.A large lobed colony.Charlie Veron.

Platygyra contorta.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Platygyra contorta.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Platygyra contorta.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Platygyra contorta.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.

Platygyra contorta.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Platygyra contorta.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.

Platygyra contorta.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing colony surface.

Platygyra contorta.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing colony surface.