831 species

Goniopora stokesi

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1851


de Blainville, 1830

Characters: Colonies are free-living or attached, hemispherical or (rarely) have short thick columns. Calices have high walls which have a ragged appearance. Columellae are broad and irregular. Small satellite colonies often occur embedded in the living tissue of parent colonies. Polyps are of mixed sizes, the larger being elongate.

Colour: Pale brown or green, usually with green tentacle tips.

Similar Species: Goniopora pendulus, which forms larger colonies with polyps of equal size and does not form satellite colonies. See also G. lobata.

Habitat: Usually found free-living, on soft substrates.

Abundance: Usually uncommon, but conspicuous.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
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