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Porites columnaris

Klunzinger, 1879

Colonies are submassive or form short columns which may branch. These have a smooth surface.

Colour: Pale brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Porites evermanni , Porites lutea

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Porites columnaris.  Red Sea.  A prostrate columnar colony.  Charlie Veron.

Porites columnaris.Red Sea.A prostrate columnar colony.Charlie Veron.

Porites columnaris. Diagram showing corallite characters.   .

Porites columnaris.Diagram showing corallite characters. .

Porites columnaris.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Porites columnaris.Southern Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Porites columnaris.  Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Porites columnaris.Red Sea.Showing colony surface.