Pavona are small polyp stony (SPS) corals in the Agariciidae family. Pavona can grow by encrusting, branching, and plating. Their polyps are seated in deeply embedded corallites, which offer them some additional protection. The polyps that cover a Pavona give the coral a fuzzy appearance. Which is why they are sometimes referred to as, “Cactus corals,” “Lettuce corals,” or “Potato chip corals.” These corals can add some wonderful texture to your reef. Pavona corals are mostly found in green and tan, but also in fluorescent colors.