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.
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.
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.