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Porites lichen

Dana, 1846

Colonies are flat laminae or plates, or fused nodules and columns. Corallites are commonly aligned in irregular rows separated by slight ridges. Septal structures are variable and irregular.

Colour: Usually bright yellowish-green, sometimes brown.

Habitat: Frequently a dominant species of lagoons and reef slopes.

Abundance: Common and usually conspicuous.

Similar species: Porites heronensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Veron and Pichon (1982). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Porites lichen.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A typical growth-form and common colour.  Charlie Veron.

Porites lichen.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A typical growth-form and common colour.Charlie Veron.

Porites lichen.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Encrusting colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Porites lichen.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Encrusting colonies.Charlie Veron.

Porites lichen.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Ed Lovell.

Porites lichen.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Ed Lovell.

Porites lichen.  Papua New Guinea.  Colony of small tiered plates.  Neville Coleman.

Porites lichen.Papua New Guinea.Colony of small tiered plates.Neville Coleman.

Porites lichen. Diagram showing corallite characters.   .

Porites lichen.Diagram showing corallite characters. .

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

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

Porites lichen.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Porites lichen.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.

Porites lichen.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Porites lichen.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.

Porites lichen.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing massive colony.

Porites lichen.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing massive colony.

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

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

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

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

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

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