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.