831 species

Alveopora gigas

Veron, 1985


de Blainville, 1830

Characters: Colonies are composed of blunt-ended irregular columns. Corallites have thin, highly perforated walls of interconnected rods and spines. Polyps are up to 100 millimetres long and 20 millimetres diameter when fully extended.

Colour: Oral discs and tentacle tips are white, the rest of the polyps are brown or greenish-brown.

Similar Species: This is the largest Alveopora. Alveopora allingi has similar skeletal structures and A. catalai has similar polyps.

Habitat: Protected turbid environments.

Abundance: Common and conspicuous at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-west Australia, uncommon elsewhere.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change