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Updated 6/30/2014

Family Poritidae


Porites monticulosa

Plate Coral, Puako, 50 feet

Honaunau, Hawaii, 60 feet


Honokohau, Hawaii, 35 feet

Honokohau, Hawaii, 35 feet




Large colonies are uncommon in protected bays of Maui & Hawai'i at scuba depths, rare elsewhere.  Forms solid plates with scattered vertical knobs, becoming large tiered colonies as big as a house.  Tiny white polyps are surrounded by short irregular ridges.  Calices similar to Porites rus but also has a small central rod called a columella.  Gray, pinkish brown or pale blue gray at depth.  Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.  Formerly known in Hawai'i as Porites convexa and easily confused with Porites rus.

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