Colonies may form large patches of reefs. Branches are cylindrical and commonly fuse. Growth-forms and corallite characters are extremely variable so much so that single reef patches are composites of distinct races.
Mostly dull greys and browns.
Shallow protected reef and lagoon environments.
The dominant coral in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Taxonomic note: Porites duerdeni (Vaughan, 1907) may be a valid Hawaiian endemic species like P. compressa. It is described as having thicker branches and has minor corallite distinctions. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Vaughan (1907). Additional identification guide: Maragos (1977).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Porites compressa.Hawaii.Forming large stands.Jim Maragos.
Porites compressa.Hawaii.A small clump.Don Potts.
Porites compressa.Hawaii.Side view of branches.Cindy Hunter.
Porites compressa.Hawaii.A colony of highly fused branches.Don Potts.