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Porites lutea

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1851

Colonies are hemispherical or helmet-shaped and may be over 4 metres across. They usually form ?micro-atolls? in intertidal habitats. The surface is usually smooth.

Colour: Usually cream or yellow but may be bright colours in shallow water.

Habitat: Occurs with P. lobata and P. australiensis on back reef margins, lagoons and fringing reefs.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Porites somaliensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Veron and Pichon (1982), Veron (1992). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Porites lutea.  null.  A large helmet-shaped colony.  Charlie Veron.

Porites lutea. null. A large helmet-shaped colony. Charlie Veron.

Porites lutea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  An intertidal

Porites lutea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. An intertidal 'micro-atoll'. Charlie Veron.

Porites lutea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface detail. In contract with P. lobata, corallites appear filled with skeletal elements.  Ed Lovell.

Porites lutea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Surface detail. In contract with P. lobata, corallites appear filled with skeletal elements. Ed Lovell.

Porites lutea. Diagram showing corallite characters.   .

Porites lutea. Diagram showing corallite characters. .

Porites lutea.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing massive colony.

Porites lutea. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Showing massive colony.

Porites lutea.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Porites lutea. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Showing corallites.

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

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

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

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

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

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