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Family Agariciidae

INDO-PACIFIC

Pavona decussata

Nu'u'uli, Tutuila, American Samoa, 6 feet

P. frondifera (L) & P. decussata (R)

Tutuila, American Samoa

INTERLOCKING PAVONA

Common on shallow reefs exposed to wave action.  Forms stands of interlocking leafy blades, deep star-shaped calices often in rows.  Golden brown.  Pavona frondifera is smaller and highly contorted.  Indo-Pacific excluding Hawaii.

All coral skeletons illustrated are from scientific collections taken prior to 1998.