831 species

Platygyra verweyi

Wijsman-Best, 1976


Ehrenberg, 1834

Characters: Colonies are massive, and cerioid to submeandroid with thin, acute walls. Septa are thin and uniformly spaced. Columellae are weakly developed or absent.

Colour: Uniform or mottled grey or brown, usually with contrasting walls and valley floors.

Similar Species: Platygyra sinensis, which is more meandroid and has shallower valleys. See also P. pini, which has more widely spaced, more irregular septa and P. carnosus, which has well developed columellae. In general appearance P. verweyi has a neat Goniastrea-like skeletal structure.

Habitat: Reef flats and upper slopes.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Taxonomic Note: A species complex.

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