Porites Link, 1807

Benzoni, Francesca & Stefani, Fabrizio, 2012, Porites fontanesii, a new species of hard coral (Scleractinia, Poritidae) from the southern Red Sea, the Gulf of Tadjoura, and the Gulf of Aden, and its phylogenetic relationships within the g, Zootaxa 3447, pp. 56-68: 58

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Porites Link, 1807


Genus Porites Link, 1807 

Characters of the genus. Colonial, coralla encrusting, submassive, massive or ramose. Skeleton porous in all its parts resulting from growth and fusion of trabeculae and synapticulae. Corallites small, calices diameter between 0.5 and 2 mm. Septa 12 in number, arranged in four lateral pairs, a ventral triplet, and a dorsal septum opposed to the triplet. Septa connected by visible synapticulae and bearing denticles on their margin. Columella present or absent. Pali usually present. Coenosteum present or absent.