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Updated 3/8/2014

Family Poritidae

HAWAII

Porites compressa    



Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 35 feet

Kapoho, Hawaii, 5 feet

 

Finger Coral, Puako, 45 feet, Yuko Stender

Puako, Hawaii, 40 feet

Kure Atoll, 8 feet

 

He'eia, Oahu, 4 feet

Moku o Loe, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, 3 feet

 

Puako, Hawaii, 40 feet

 

Moku o Loe, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, 3 feet

Moku o Loe, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, 5 feet

Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 20 feet

 

Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 20 feet

 

Honaunau, Hawaii, 40 feet

 

Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, 10 feet

 

Kewalo, Oahu, 60 feet

 

Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 15 feet

 

 

Kailua Bay, Hawaii, 20 feet

 

Kailua Bay, Hawaii, 20 feet

P. duerdeni (top), P. compressa (bottom)

 

FINGER CORAL

Abundant in protected waters.  The open water form is light gray or tan with branching finger-like projections creating extensive thickets.  The lagoon form is yellowish green with fused twisted branches creating hemispherical mounds.  Calices are shallow and the outer wall is smooth and narrow, retracted polyps and skeletal rods within the cup are flush with the surrounding area.  Knobby Finger Coral has spherical branch tips and deep calices.  Endemic to Hawaii.  Related to Porites cylindrica of the Indo-Pacific.

All coral skeletons illustrated are from scientific collections taken prior to 1998.