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Porites rugosa

Fenner and Veron, 2000

Colonies are branching, the branches being irregularly contorted and fused. Corallites are very small and are deeply embedded in the coenosteum. The coenosteum is very rough and seldom surrounds corallites, but rather forms irregular ridges.

Colour: Pale brown or pinkish, with yellow tips to branches.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Porites nigrescens

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Porites rugosa.  Indonesia.  A small colony with straight branches.  Doug Fenner.

Porites rugosa.Indonesia.A small colony with straight branches.Doug Fenner.

Porites rugosa.  Indonesia.  Surface detail of branches showing the roughh coenosteum and small corallites.  Doug Fenner.

Porites rugosa.Indonesia.Surface detail of branches showing the roughh coenosteum and small corallites.Doug Fenner.

Porites rugosa. Diagram showing corallite characters.   .

Porites rugosa.Diagram showing corallite characters. .

Porites rugosa.  Indonesia.  Showing branches.

Porites rugosa.Indonesia.Showing branches.

Porites rugosa.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Porites rugosa.Indonesia.Showing corallites.

Porites rugosa.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Porites rugosa.Indonesia.Showing corallites.