Characters: Colonies are hemispherical or, more usually, form short thick columns. Columellae and oral cones are small. Polyps are elongate when fully extended. Colour: Usually brown, yellow or green, often with contrasting oral cones and tentacle tips. Similar species: Goniopora columna, which has large columellae and oral cones. Goniopora stokesi has high ragged walls and broad columellae. Habitat: Forms large single species stands, especially in turbid water. Abundance: Common