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Goniastrea peresi

(Faure and Pichon, 1978)

Colonies are encrusting and helmet-shaped, with neatly scalloped lower margins. Corallites are angular and characteristically aligned in short shallow radiating valleys at the colony margin. Septa are strongly beaded. A small neat paliform crown is usually present. Budding is both intra- and extratentacular.

Colour: Pinkish-tan.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Favites abdita , Goniastrea aspera , Goniastrea palauensis

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: Previous authors have placed this species in Favites. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983, as Favites peresi). Additional identification guide: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Coles (1996), (both as Favites peresi).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniastrea peresi.  Red Sea.  A small massive helmet-shaped colony.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea peresi.Red Sea.A small massive helmet-shaped colony.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea peresi.  Tanzania.  Showing surface characters of a small colony.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea peresi.Tanzania.Showing surface characters of a small colony.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea peresi.  Red Sea.  Surface of a submassive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea peresi.Red Sea.Surface of a submassive colony.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea peresi.  Red Sea.  Showing the characteristic tendency to form radiating walls at the colony margin.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea peresi.Red Sea.Showing the characteristic tendency to form radiating walls at the colony margin.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea peresi.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea peresi.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Goniastrea peresi.  Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Goniastrea peresi.Red Sea.Showing colony surface.

Goniastrea peresi.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea peresi.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Goniastrea peresi.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea peresi.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Goniastrea peresi.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Goniastrea peresi.Southern Red Sea.Showing colony surface.

Goniastrea peresi.  South Africa.  Showing corallites on flat plate.

Goniastrea peresi.South Africa.Showing corallites on flat plate.