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Porites deformis

Nemenzo, 1955

Colonies are thin basal laminae and nodular branches that fuse into clumps. Corallites are superficial and branch surfaces are smooth. Tentacles are sometimes extended during the day.

Colour: Pale brown.

Habitat: Shallow protected reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Porites rus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Nemenzo (1955), Veron and Hodgson (1989). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Porites deformis.  Philippines.  A large stand of contorted branches.  Charlie Veron.

Porites deformis.Philippines.A large stand of contorted branches.Charlie Veron.

Porites deformis.  Philippines.  Characteristic appearance on an upper reef slope.  Charlie Veron.

Porites deformis.Philippines.Characteristic appearance on an upper reef slope.Charlie Veron.

Porites deformis.  Indonesia.  Surface detail.  Doug Fenner.

Porites deformis.Indonesia.Surface detail.Doug Fenner.

Porites deformis. Diagram showing corallite characters.   .

Porites deformis.Diagram showing corallite characters. .

Porites deformis.  Philippines.  Showing branching pattern.

Porites deformis.Philippines.Showing branching pattern.

Porites deformis.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Porites deformis.Philippines.Showing branches.

Porites deformis.  Philippines.  Showing branch end.

Porites deformis.Philippines.Showing branch end.

Porites deformis.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Porites deformis.Philippines.Showing corallites.