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Family Poritidae

INDO-PACIFIC

Porites cylindrica

Faga'alu, Tutuila, American Samoa, 6 feet

SMOOTH FINGER CORAL

Common in shallow lagoons and channels.  Forms hemispheres of smooth branches, calices shallow and flush with the surface.  Light brown, yellowish-green or gray.  Indo-Pacific, East Africa to Samoa.  Replaced in Hawaii by the endemic Porites compressa.

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