831 species

Pavona explanulata

(Lamarck, 1816)


Lamarck, 1801

Characters: Colonies are encrusting or thin unifacial laminae but are sometimes submassive or columnar. Corallites are usually widely spaced and circular, with pillar-like columellae and smooth alternating septo-costae. They may occur in concentric rows.

Colour: Grey, brown, pink, purple, green or yellow, sometimes mottled.

Similar Species: Pavona gigantea. Distinct from other Pavona but resembles Leptoseris explanata, which has smaller corallites.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

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