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Porites vaughani

Crossland, 1952

Colonies are encrusting, laminar or form columns. Corallites are widely spaced and separated by ridges. They are uniform in size within the same colony; those of colonies from exposed upper reef slopes are relatively small.

Colour: Usually pale cream, pink or brown but may be bright green or purple.

Habitat: A wide range of environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: 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 vaughani.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface of an encrusting colony.  Ed Lovell.

Porites vaughani.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Surface of an encrusting colony.Ed Lovell.

Porites vaughani.  Papua New Guinea.  Detail of P. vaughani (below) and P. lichen (above).  Charlie Veron.

Porites vaughani.Papua New Guinea.Detail of P. vaughani (below) and P. lichen (above).Charlie Veron.

Porites vaughani.  Guam.  Encrusting colonies in shallow water may have very thick ridges between corallites.  Gustav Paulay.

Porites vaughani.Guam.Encrusting colonies in shallow water may have very thick ridges between corallites.Gustav Paulay.

Porites vaughani. Diagram showing corallite characters.   .

Porites vaughani.Diagram showing corallite characters. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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