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Porites pukoensis

Vaughan, 1907

Colonies are massive with a tendency to form columns. Tentacles are usually extended during the day.

Colour: Brown or tan.

Habitat: Shallow protected reef environments, especially lagoons.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Porites evermanni

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Vaughan?s original description/specimens. Additional identification guide: Maragos (1977).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Porites pukoensis.  Hawaii.  Colonies have a submassive to columnar growth-form.  Don Potts.

Porites pukoensis.Hawaii.Colonies have a submassive to columnar growth-form.Don Potts.

Porites pukoensis.  Hawaii.  Colony surface with polyps partly extended during the day.  Don Potts.

Porites pukoensis.Hawaii.Colony surface with polyps partly extended during the day.Don Potts.

Porites pukoensis. Diagram showing corallite characters.   .

Porites pukoensis.Diagram showing corallite characters. .

Porites pukoensis.  Hawaii.  Showing colony surface.

Porites pukoensis.Hawaii.Showing colony surface.

Porites pukoensis.  Hawaii.  Showing corallites.

Porites pukoensis.Hawaii.Showing corallites.