Porites branneri Rathbun, 1887.

Photograph: The top photo is an SEM image of an individual corallite with a scale bar of 1 mm.  The bottom photo is a colony image of the holotype (USNM 10961)(Foster, 1986, pl. 15, fig. 3) with a scale bar of approximately 1.0 mm. 

Synonyms: None.

Morphologic Description:

Colony Form: plocoid
Colony Shape: encrusting
Colony Size: large
Corallite Distribution: even
Budding Type: extramural
Corallite Diameter: 1.6-1.8 mm
Calical Relief: intermediate, 0.3-0.5 mm in elevation
Septa Per Corallite: 12
Lobes: paliform
Number of Pali: 5-6
Palar Ring: intermediate 30-40 %
Columella Structure: trabecular and discontinuous
Columella Development: absent
Wall Structure: synapticulothecal
Single or Compound Wall: either, 1-2 trabeculae

Holotype: USNM 10961 (Locality: Parahyba do Norte, Brazil).


early Late Pliocene: Pinecrest Sandstone, Florida.
late Late Pliocene:Old Pera Beds, Jamaica.
Plio-Pleistocene: Moin Formation, Costa Rica.
Recent: Caribbean and Brazil

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Last updated on May 1, 1998 - vab.