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Goniopora albiconus

Veron, 2000

Colonies are encrusting, forming thin irregular laminae. Corallites are shallow, polygonal, and have thin walls. Corallites vary greatly in size. Septa are irregularly fused but do not form deltas. Columellae are very small. Polyps are short and even. Oral cones are exceptionally large while tentacles are short and thin. Polyps retract rapidly if disturbed.

Colour: White oral cones are conspicuous.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Goniopora columna

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniopora albiconus.  null.  Colonies form only a thin veneer, resembling zoanthids. The large white coral cones are very conspicuous.  null.

Goniopora albiconus.null.Colonies form only a thin veneer, resembling zoanthids. The large white coral cones are very conspicuous.null.

Goniopora albiconus.  null.  Colony detail with polyps retracted.  null.

Goniopora albiconus.null.Colony detail with polyps retracted.null.

Goniopora albiconus.  null.  A large massive colony.  null.

Goniopora albiconus.null.A large massive colony.null.

Goniopora albiconus.  null.  With polyps fully extended.  null.

Goniopora albiconus.null.With polyps fully extended.null.

Goniopora albiconus.  Madagascar.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora albiconus.Madagascar.Showing corallites.

Goniopora albiconus.  Sri Lanka.  Showing colony surface.

Goniopora albiconus.Sri Lanka.Showing colony surface.

Goniopora albiconus.  Sri Lanka.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora albiconus.Sri Lanka.Showing corallites.