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Porites furcata

Lamarck, 1816

Colonies are compact branches with flattened tops. Corallites are deeply excavated. Tentacles are usually extended during the day.

Colour: Uniform grey-brown.

Habitat: Shallow to mid-slope reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Acropora anthocercis

Taxonomic note: 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).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Porites furcata.  Caribbean.  A compact colony in an intertidal rock pool.  Charlie Veron.

Porites furcata.Caribbean.A compact colony in an intertidal rock pool.Charlie Veron.

Porites furcata.  Caribbean.  A thicket on an upper reef slope.  Charlie Veron.

Porites furcata.Caribbean.A thicket on an upper reef slope.Charlie Veron.

Porites furcata.  Caribbean.  Branch tips with polyps extended during the day.  Charlie Veron.

Porites furcata.Caribbean.Branch tips with polyps extended during the day.Charlie Veron.

Porites furcata. Diagram showing corallite characters.   .

Porites furcata.Diagram showing corallite characters. .

Porites furcata.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Porites furcata.Caribbean.Showing corallites.

Porites furcata.  Caribbean.  Showing branching pattern.

Porites furcata.Caribbean.Showing branching pattern.

Porites furcata.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Porites furcata.Caribbean.Showing corallites.