831 species

Pavona duerdeni

Vaughan, 1907


Lamarck, 1801

Characters: Colonies are massive and divided into parallel or irregular ridges or hillocks. They form some of the largest massive colonies of all corals, yet skeletons are dense indicating a slow growth rate. Corallites are small, giving colonies a smooth appearance. They have strongly alternating septo-costae.

Colour: Usually uniform grey, sometimes brown.

Similar Species: Corallites are like Pavona clavus but smaller, with more exsert primary septo-costae. See also P. minuta.

Habitat: Most reef environments and forms large colonies on horizontal shallow substrates.

Abundance: Uncommon but conspicuousRare in the Red Sea.

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