Porites porites (Pallas, 1766).

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Photograph: (Foster, 1986, pl. 15, fig. 4) Scale bar is approx. 1.0 mm. Image is of MHNP, Lamarck Collection No. 150 (Locality: Antilles). For a field photo.

Synonyms: Porites clavaria Lamarck of Geister, 1975.

Morphologic Description:

Colony Form: plocoid
Colony Shape: branching
Colony Size: branches >20 mm thick
Corallite Distribution: even
Budding Type: extramural
Corallite Diameter: 1.8-2.0 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 sized, 30-40%
Columella Structure: trabecular and discontinuous
Columella Development: intermediate (columella=pali)
Wall Structure: synapticulothecal
Single or Compound Wall: either, 1-2 trabeculae

Holotype: Lost.


early Late Pliocene: Pinecrest Sandstone, Florida.
Late Pliocene: Caloosahatchee Formation, Florida; La Cruz Marl, Cuba.
Plio-Pleistocene: Moin Formation, Costa Rica
Early Pleistocene: Manchioneal Formation, Jamaica.
Late Pleistocene: San Andrés; Falmouth Formation, Jamaica; Key Largo Formation, Florida.
Recent: Caribbean

Last updated on February 15, 1997-afb.

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