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.
A loosely aggregated bed of thin branches with dead bases and living tips. These beds only appear in shallow water.
A clump of consolidated branches.