831 species

Porites nodifera

Klunzinger, 1879


Link, 1807

Characters: Colonies are compact clusters of columns, which have a smooth surface. Individual columns tend to be isolated subcolonies. Tops of columns tend to be squared off. Small colonies usually consist of nodular subcolonies.

Colour: Pale brown.

Similar Species: Well developed colonies have a distinctive growth-form. Small colonies are similar to those of Porites columnaris. Corallites are similar to those of P. myrmidonensis and P. pukoensis.

Habitat: Shallow water. Tolerant of high salinities.

Abundance: Common and may form patch reefs.

Taxonomic References: Scheer and Pillai (1983); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991);

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