species: Goniopora pedunculata in ALA: LIRS and surrounds using records to Oct. 2021 (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Goniopora pedunculata

©Anne Hoggett: Goniopora pedunculata at lagoon bommie, Lizard Island. Identified by Grace Frank, who notes: "I'm basing this identification on the pale, pointed tips of the polyps as well as their length. However I can't be positive without seeing the characteristics of the skeleton."

©Anne Hoggett: Goniopora pedunculata at lagoon bommie, Lizard Island. The fingernail is 1 cm wide.

©Anne Hoggett: Polyps of Goniopora pedunculata from lagoon bommie, Lizard Island. Note pale, pointed tips of tentacles.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Poritidae
Genus Goniopora
Species Goniopora pedunculata
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

Goniopora pedunculata forms hemispherical or encrusting colonies with medium-sized corallites (3 to 5 mm diameter); polyps have 24 tentacles with pointed tips that are usually pale (Veron, 2000).


  • Size data has not been obtained.



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