species: Goniopora somaliensis in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Goniopora somaliensis


©Anne Hoggett: An encrusting colony of Goniopora somaliensis about 1.2 metres wide at Cobia Hole, Lizard island.

©Anne Hoggett: Small polyps of encrusting colony of Goniopora somaliensis about 1.2 metres wide at Cobia Hole, Lizard island. Fingernail is 1 cm wide.

©Anne Hoggett: An encrusting plate colony of Goniopora somaliensis near the base of the reef slope at the lagoon entrance, Lizard Island. Identified by Dr Zoe Richards (as Goniopora cf. somaliensis).
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Scleractinia
Family Poritidae
Genus Goniopora
Species Goniopora somaliensis
Status least concern

Colours

                   

Distinguishing features

Large encrusting colonies with very small-diameter polyps.

Size

  • Up to 200 cm (Colony diameter according to Veron (2000))
  • From 0.3 cm to 0.5 cm (Corallite diameter according to Veron (2000))

Synonyms

Distribution


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources

References

References that assist with identification

  • Veron, J.E.N. (2000). Corals of the World: Volume 3 Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville.

Other references

  • Dinesen, Z.D. (1983). Shade-dwelling corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 10: 173-185. LIRS catalog number 157.