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Porites heronensis

Veron, 1985

Colonies are massive, encrusting or columnar. Corallites are shallow giving colonies a smooth surface.

Colour: Cream, green, brown or mottled.

Habitat: Semi-protected shallow reef or terrigenous rock substrates.

Abundance: Common in subtropical localities, rare in the tropics.

Similar species: Porites desilveri , Porites lichen

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (1985). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Porites heronensis.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Colonies with characteristically developed columns.  James Brown.

Porites heronensis. Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia. Colonies with characteristically developed columns. James Brown.

Porites heronensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Colonies with characteristically developed columns.  Charlie Veron.

Porites heronensis. Norfolk Island, Coral Sea. Colonies with characteristically developed columns. Charlie Veron.

Porites heronensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Surface appearance of columns. Polyps remain extended during the day.  Charlie Veron.

Porites heronensis. Norfolk Island, Coral Sea. Surface appearance of columns. Polyps remain extended during the day. Charlie Veron.

Porites heronensis. Diagram showing corallite characters.   .

Porites heronensis. Diagram showing corallite characters. .

Porites heronensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing colony shape.

Porites heronensis. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Showing colony shape.

Porites heronensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Porites heronensis. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Showing corallites.