831 species

Pavona minuta

Wells, 1954


Lamarck, 1801

Characters: Colonies are submassive or encrusting with thin margins, and may be over one metre across. They have a smooth surface and small superficial corallites which are widely spaced. Septo-costae are in two alternating orders.

Colour: Dark green, brown or brownish-green.

Similar Species: Pavona bipartita, which has larger corallites with thicker, more clearly defined ridges (collines). Corallites are like those of P. duerdeni only smaller and with less exsert septo-costae. See also P. explanulata.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic References: Wells (1954); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Turak and DeVantier (2011b);

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