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Porites cylindrica

Dana, 1846

Colonies are branching, sometimes with an encrusting base. Corallites are shallow giving branches a smooth surface.

Colour: Usually cream, yellow, blue or green.

Habitat: May be a dominant species in lagoons or on back reef margins.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Palauastrea ramosa , Porites attenuata , Porites compressa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1982). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Porites cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  This species is sometimes a dominant one in sheltered lagoons.  Charlie Veron.

Porites cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.This species is sometimes a dominant one in sheltered lagoons.Charlie Veron.

Porites cylindrica.  Indonesia.  A large colony.  Roger Steene.

Porites cylindrica.Indonesia.A large colony.Roger Steene.

Porites cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  An intertidal

Porites cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.An intertidal 'micro-atoll'.Isobel Bennett.

Porites cylindrica.  Philippines.  Colonies exposed to turbulence may have irregularly shaped branches.  Charlie Veron.

Porites cylindrica.Philippines.Colonies exposed to turbulence may have irregularly shaped branches.Charlie Veron.

Porites cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Compact branches in a sheltered lagoon.  Ed Lovell.

Porites cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Compact branches in a sheltered lagoon.Ed Lovell.

Porites cylindrica.  Papua New Guinea.  Surface of branches of a colony on a reef slope.  Ed Lovell.

Porites cylindrica.Papua New Guinea.Surface of branches of a colony on a reef slope.Ed Lovell.

Porites cylindrica.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Detail of branchs with polyps extended.  Charlie Veron.

Porites cylindrica.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Detail of branchs with polyps extended.Charlie Veron.

Porites cylindrica. Diagram showing corallite characters.   .

Porites cylindrica.Diagram showing corallite characters. .

Porites cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Porites cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branches.

Porites cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Porites cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Porites cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Porites cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branches.

Porites cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing skeletal detail.

Porites cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing skeletal detail.