831 species

Platygyra contorta

Veron, 1990


Ehrenberg, 1834

Characters: Colonies are form solid plates or are massive, encrusting or columnar. Valleys are usually long and relatively straight at colony margins, becoming short, sinuous and contorted towards the colony centre. Walls are thin. Septa are highly irregular.

Colour: Red, grey, pale yellow or green, with valley walls and floors of contrasting colours.

Similar Species: Platygyra verweyi, which has shorter valleys. See also Goniastrea deformis.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores or shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common only around mainland Japan.

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