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Porites solida

(Forskål, 1775)

Colonies are massive, usually hemispherical, and may be several metres across. The surface is smooth to undulating. Corallites are conspicuously large.

Colour: Brown or greenish yellow.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1982). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Porites solida.  Red Sea.  A small colony with clearly recognisable corallite characters.  Charlie Veron.

Porites solida.Red Sea.A small colony with clearly recognisable corallite characters.Charlie Veron.

Porites solida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail. The absence of pali is readily seen underwater.  Charlie Veron.

Porites solida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail. The absence of pali is readily seen underwater.Charlie Veron.

Porites solida.  Indonesia.  Common appearance of colonies in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Porites solida.Indonesia.Common appearance of colonies in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Porites solida. Diagram showing corallite characters.   .

Porites solida.Diagram showing corallite characters. .

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

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

Porites solida.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Porites solida.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.

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

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

Porites solida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Porites solida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.

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

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

Porites solida.  Hawaii.  Showing corallites.

Porites solida.Hawaii.Showing corallites.

Porites solida.  Hawaii.  Showing colony surface.

Porites solida.Hawaii.Showing colony surface.