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Pavona gigantea

Pavona giganteais commonly referred to as Leaf Coral. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

Profilbild Urheber Dr. David Arturo Paz García

From Corals of the World by Charlie Veron

Courtesy of the author Dr. David Arturo Paz García

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Pavona gigantea 
Großpolypige Steinkoralle 
Leaf Coral 
Sten koraller LPS 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Scleractinia (Order) > Agariciidae (Family) > Pavona (Genus) > gigantea (Species) 
Initial determination:
Verrill, 1869 
Sea depth:
1 - 40 Meter 
bis zu 200cm 
°C - 28,8°C 
There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully 
Possible to breed 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
Catalog of Life
More related species
in this lexicon
Last edit:
2017-07-31 13:21:28 

Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Pavona gigantea are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Pavona gigantea, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Pavona gigantea, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.


Verrill, 1869

Very Special thanks for the first three photos of Pavona gigantea to Ryan McMinds, PHD-Student, Oregon State University.
Ryan McMinds supports the Global Coral Microbiome Proyect in Panama and has taken his photos of Pavona gigantea around the Isla de las Perlas, in Panama.
Pavona gigantea occurs in different colour from green, gray, or brown and is encrusting, plate-like or columnar with more widely spaced corallites.

From Corals of the World by Charlie Veron:
Characters: Colonies are massive. Corallites have thick walls and are well defined. Septo-costae are in two indistinct orders. Columellae are well developed. Tentacles are extended during the day giving colonies a furry appearance.

Colour: Green, grey and brown.

Similar Species: Pavona explanulata, which has similar corallite structures, but does not form massive colonies. See also Pavona decussata.

Habitat: Occurs on shallow protected rocky substrates.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Hexacorallia (Subclass) > Scleractinia (Order) > Agariciidae (Family) > Pavona (Genus) > Pavona gigantea (Species)

External links

  1. Corals of the World by Charlie Veron (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. Flickr Seite Ryan McMinds (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  3. Global Coral Microbiome Proyect (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  4. Homepage Keoki Stender, Marine Life Photographie (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  5. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  6. SeaLifeBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  7. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.



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