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Goniopora savignyi

Dana, 1846

Colonies are columnar, usually with thin explanate basal plates. They are usually lobed, and may be large. Corallites are deep, polygonal to rounded, with short septa. Paliform lobes are prominent. Columellae are poorly developed.

Colour: Polyps are a mass of grey tentacles when extended.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon but distinctive.

Similar species: Goniopora burgosi , Goniopora fruticosa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Dana’s original description/specimens, Scheer and Pillai (1983). Additional identification guide: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniopora savignyi.  Red Sea.  Colonies are usually irregular clusters of columns with explanate bases.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora savignyi.Red Sea.Colonies are usually irregular clusters of columns with explanate bases.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora savignyi.  Red Sea.  Branch ends.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Goniopora savignyi.Red Sea.Branch ends.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Goniopora savignyi.  Red Sea.  Surface of a colony with some polyps extended.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora savignyi.Red Sea.Surface of a colony with some polyps extended.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora savignyi.  Red Sea.  Surface of a colony with polyps contracted.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora savignyi.Red Sea.Surface of a colony with polyps contracted.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora savignyi.  Red Sea.  Showing column end.

Goniopora savignyi.Red Sea.Showing column end.

Goniopora savignyi.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora savignyi.Red Sea.Showing corallites.