Porites cylindrica

Porites cylindrica natural reef Reefscapers Maldives

Coral Description

Taxonomy:

Kingdom: Animalia >> Phylum: Cnidaria >> Class: Anthozoa >> Order: Scleractinia >> Family: Poritidae

Appearance:

  • Branching colonies, sometimes with an encrusting base
  • Branches may be irregular in shape if exposed to turbulence

Color: Usually cream, yellow, blue or green

Corallites: Corallites are shallow, giving a smooth appearance

Similar Species: Porites attenuata and Porites tuberculosa, however neither species are found in the Maldives. Easily confused with Palauastrea ramosa underwater as they have a similar branching pattern (but not seen in Maldives).

Habitat: Dominant species in lagoons or on back reef margins