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Goniastrea columella

Crossland, 1948

Colonies are submassive to encrusting with irregular corallites that are either monocentric up to 10 millimetres diameter or form short valleys. Walls are acute. Septa have moderately large teeth. Paliform lobes are moderately developed. Columellae are large and spongy.

Colour: Dark green.

Habitat: Recorded only from rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Common but inconspicuous.

Similar species: Goniastrea pectinata , Platygyra contorta

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Crossland (1948).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniastrea columella.  Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.  An encrusting colony.  Lyndon Devantier.

Goniastrea columella.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.An encrusting colony.Lyndon Devantier.

Goniastrea columella.  Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.  Showing colony surface.

Goniastrea columella.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.Showing colony surface.

Goniastrea columella.  Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea columella.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.Showing corallites.

Goniastrea columella.  Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea columella.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.Showing corallites.