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Goniopora sultani

Veron, DeVantier and Turak, 2000

Colonies are thick short columns, oval in transverse section. Corallites are similar on the tops and sides of columns. They are very large (7-8 mm diameter), compact, with thin walls and thus have have an angular shape. Columellae are broad and are mostly composed of six septal deltas. Septa are short and uniform in size and spacing. Polyps are elongate when fully extended.

Colour: Pale cream.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Goniopora columna , Goniopora lobata , Goniopora stokesi

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniopora sultani.  Red Sea.  Expanded polyps of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Goniopora sultani.Red Sea.Expanded polyps of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Goniopora sultani.  Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Goniopora sultani.Red Sea.Showing colony surface.

Goniopora sultani.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora sultani.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Goniopora sultani.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora sultani.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Goniopora sultani.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Goniopora sultani.Red Sea.Showing corallites.