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Pavona gigantea

Verrill, 1896

Colonies are massive. Corallites have thick walls and are well defined. Septo-costae are in two indistinct orders. Columellae are well developed. Tentacles are extended during the day giving colonies a furry appearance.

Colour: Green, grey and brown.

Habitat: Occurs on shallow protected rocky substrates.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Pavona decussata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Wells (1983).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pavona gigantea.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  A large massive colony.  Peter Glynn.

Pavona gigantea.Far eastern Pacific islands.A large massive colony.Peter Glynn.

Pavona gigantea.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  Showing corallite structure in a small encrusting colony.  Joshua Feingold.

Pavona gigantea.Far eastern Pacific islands.Showing corallite structure in a small encrusting colony.Joshua Feingold.

Pavona gigantea.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  null.  Peter Glynn.

Pavona gigantea.Far eastern Pacific islands.null.Peter Glynn.

Pavona gigantea.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  With a thick mat of tentacles extended during the day.  Peter Glynn.

Pavona gigantea.Far eastern Pacific islands.With a thick mat of tentacles extended during the day.Peter Glynn.

Pavona gigantea.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  Showing corallites.

Pavona gigantea.Far eastern Pacific islands.Showing corallites.

Pavona gigantea.  Galapagos Islands.  Showing colony surface.

Pavona gigantea.Galapagos Islands.Showing colony surface.

Pavona gigantea.  Galapagos Islands.  Showing corallites.

Pavona gigantea.Galapagos Islands.Showing corallites.

Pavona gigantea.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  Showing corallites.

Pavona gigantea.Far eastern Pacific islands.Showing corallites.