Colonies are thin fused branches with flattened tips. Corallites are deeply excavated and, with a coarse coenosteum, form a rough surface. Tentacles are usually extended during the day.
Uniform grey-brown or greenish-yellow.
Shallow protected reef environments, especially seagrass beds.
Taxonomic note: Several authors have considered Porites porites, P. divaricata and P. furcata to be different forms of the same species. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Squires (1958), Roos (1971). Additional identification guides: Colin (1978), Humann (1993).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Porites divaricata.Caribbean.A loosely aggregated bed of thin branches with dead bases and living tips. These beds only appear in shallow water.Charlie Veron.
Porites divaricata.Caribbean.A clump of consolidated branches.Charlie Veron.