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Genus Porites, Family Poritidae
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By Bob Fenner

 
Porites rus Forsskal 1775, Plate and Pillar Coral. Variable in shape as its common name points to. Upright columns more shallow to gorgeous plates deeper, more calm waters. Gray to brown in color, often with yellow polyps that have wider spaced calyces, raised areas between polyps. Both morphs visible here at Honaunau, City of refuge, Kailua, Kona, Hawai'i.

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Porites solida (Forsskal 1775). Massive, generally hemispherical boulders of up to meters across. Smooth to undulating surface appearance. Large polyps for the genus. Very common in the Red Sea, so much so that in calmer waters the reef crest is often termed the "Porites Zone" of this species. One inch macro framer and small colony in the Red Sea.

Porites stephensoni Crossland 1952. Small (less than 0.1 meter across, colonies that are encrusting, laminar. Close up showing corallite arrangement. Red Sea image.

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