831 species

Porites cylindrica

Dana, 1846


Link, 1807

Characters: Colonies are branching, sometimes with an encrusting base. Corallites are shallow giving branches a smooth surface.

Colour: Usually cream, yellow, blue or green.

Similar Species: See Porites attenuata and P. compressa. Porites cylindrica is readily confused with Palauastrea ramosa underwater.

Habitat: May be a dominant species in lagoons or on back reef margins.

Abundance: Common.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change