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Goniastrea deformis

Veron, 1990

Colonies are massive with irregular corallites up to 9 millimetres diameter. Septa have large teeth and granulated sides. Paliform lobes are usually well developed. ?Groove and tubercle? formations are sometimes present.

Colour: Dark colours, usually reddish-brown with paler oral discs.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores of temperate locations.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Goniastrea aspera , Goniastrea columella , Platygyra contorta

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (1990a). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniastrea deformis.  Mainland Japan.  An encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea deformis.Mainland Japan.An encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea deformis.  Mainland Japan.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea deformis.Mainland Japan.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea deformis.  Mainland Japan.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea deformis.Mainland Japan.Showing corallites.

Goniastrea deformis.  Mainland Japan.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea deformis.Mainland Japan.Showing corallites.

Goniastrea deformis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea deformis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.

Goniastrea deformis.  Mainland Japan.  Showing colony surface.

Goniastrea deformis.Mainland Japan.Showing colony surface.

Goniastrea deformis.  Mainland Japan.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea deformis.Mainland Japan.Showing corallites.