species: Porites lobata in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Porites lobata
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Poritidae
Genus Porites
Species Porites lobata

Distinguishing features

Colonies usually hemispherical or helmet-shaped and form micro-atolls in intertidal areas; colour variable, often cream or pale brown but may be blue, purple or green in shallow water; corallites are open and have relatively few skeletal elements (Veron, 2000).


  • Up to 400 cm (colony diameter according to Veron (2000).)



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References that assist with identification

  • Veron, J.E.N. (2000). Corals of the World: Volume 3 Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville.

Other references

  • Berumen, M.L. (2000). Influence of diet and habitat on the condition of butterflyfish, M.Sc. thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 719.
  • Bonaldo, R.M. (2011). The ecosystem role of parrotfishes on coral reefs, PhD thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 1412.
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