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Thick finger coral
Porites porites
(Pallas, 1766)

Description:
Colonies with stout, irregular, stubby branches with blunt and often enlarged tips.

Color:
Ranges from beige to yellow-brown.

Corallites:
Calices narrowly spaced with a poorly developed wall. Corallites with 12 septa, 1.8 to 2.0 mm in diameter. Columella trabecular and discontinuous.

Habitat:
Most common on moderate to deeper reefs, down to 50 m.

Distribution:
Common to abundant South Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Thick finger coral (Porites porites)