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Goniastrea ramosa

Veron, 2000

Colonies are small irregular clumps of branches, usually less than 0.3 metres across. Corallites are angular, with thick rounded walls. The ends of branches are ragged, being primarily composed of exsert costae. Septa are in two alternating orders and have large dentations. Columellae are small and compact. Paliform lobes form a distinct crown.

Colour: Uniform cream or brown.

Habitat: Reef flats sheltered from strong wave action.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Australogyra zelli , Goniastrea retiformis

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniastrea ramosa.  Indonesia.  A small colony on a sheltered reef flat.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea ramosa.Indonesia.A small colony on a sheltered reef flat.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea ramosa.  Indonesia.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea ramosa.Indonesia.null.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea ramosa.  Indonesia.  Showing branch end.

Goniastrea ramosa.Indonesia.Showing branch end.

Goniastrea ramosa.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea ramosa.Indonesia.Showing corallites.

Goniastrea ramosa.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea ramosa.Indonesia.Showing corallites.