831 species

Goniopora pendulus

Veron, 1985


de Blainville, 1830

Characters: Colonies are hemispherical. Columellae are large. Polyps are large, with drooping tentacles.

Colour: Brown or greenish-brown.

Similar Species: Goniopora stokesi. See also G. djiboutiensis, G. ciliatus and G. lobata, which have smaller polyps. Alveopora gigas has polyps of similar size and appearance except that polyps have twelve tentacles.

Habitat: Protected turbid reef environments.

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

Taxonomic References: Veron (1985b); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Veron (1986a); Turak and DeVantier (2011b);

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