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Goniopora planulata

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are submassive with small compacted columns or mounds. Corallites have thin walls. Septa are thin and irregular and do not form deltas except in colonies in very shallow water. Paliform lobes form a diffuse crown. Polyps are short with tentacles of uniform length.

Colour: Dark grey-brown, usually with white mouths.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Goniopora columna

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniopora planulata.  Seychelle Islands.  A large submassive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora planulata.Seychelle Islands.A large submassive colony.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora planulata.  Seychelle Islands.  Colonies forming short compact columns.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora planulata.Seychelle Islands.Colonies forming short compact columns.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora planulata.  Philippines.  Colonies forming short compact columns.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora planulata.Philippines.Colonies forming short compact columns.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora planulata.  Seychelle Islands.  Detail of columns.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora planulata.Seychelle Islands.Detail of columns.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora planulata.  Seychelle Islands.  Polyp detail.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora planulata.Seychelle Islands.Polyp detail.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora planulata.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora planulata.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Goniopora planulata.  Seychelle Islands.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora planulata.Seychelle Islands.Showing corallites.

Goniopora planulata.  Seychelle Islands.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora planulata.Seychelle Islands.Showing corallites.