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Goniopora ciliatus

Veron, 2000

Colonies are submassive or columnar. Columns are short and usually form clumps. Corallites are uniform, and circular in outline. Septa are widely spaced and irregular. Columellae are small. Polyps have long thin tentacles.

Colour: Pale brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments exposed to turbulence.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Goniopora eclipsensis , Goniopora pendulus

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniopora ciliatus.  Red Sea.  Colonies may form extensive stands of large rounded clumps.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora ciliatus.Red Sea.Colonies may form extensive stands of large rounded clumps.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora ciliatus.  Red Sea.  Rounded clumps are each composed of a cluster of short branches.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora ciliatus.Red Sea.Rounded clumps are each composed of a cluster of short branches.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora ciliatus.  Red Sea.  A colony surface with polyps at different stages of extension.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora ciliatus.Red Sea.A colony surface with polyps at different stages of extension.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora ciliatus.  Red Sea.  Polyps have long fine tentacles making this species distinctive underwater.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora ciliatus.Red Sea.Polyps have long fine tentacles making this species distinctive underwater.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora ciliatus.  Red Sea.  Next to G. pearsoni (above).  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora ciliatus.Red Sea.Next to G. pearsoni (above).Charlie Veron.

Goniopora ciliatus.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora ciliatus.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Goniopora ciliatus.  Red Sea.  Showing column end.

Goniopora ciliatus.Red Sea.Showing column end.

Goniopora ciliatus.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora ciliatus.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Goniopora ciliatus.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora ciliatus.Red Sea.Showing corallites.