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Family Agariciidae

INDO-PACIFIC

Pavona frondifera

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

 

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

CONTORTED PAVONA

Common on shallow reefs exposed to wave action.  Forms stands of interlocking contorted blades, star-shaped calices in rows between ridges.  Golden brown.  Pavona decussata is larger and less contorted.  Indo-Pacific & Tropical Eastern Pacific, excluding Hawaii.  Formerly known as Pavona divaricata.

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