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

Distinguishing features

Colonies hemispherical or helmet-shaped and form micro-atolls in intertidal areas; colour variable, often cream or yellow but may be bright colours in shallow water; corallites are filled with skeletal elements (Veron, 2000).


  • Size data has not been obtained.



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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

  • Bonaldo, R.M. (2011). The ecosystem role of parrotfishes on coral reefs, PhD thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 1412.
  • Davies, P.J. and P.A. Hutchings (1983). Initial colonization, erosion and accretion on coral substrate: experimental results, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Coral Reefs, 2: 27-35. LIRS catalog number 139.
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