species: Porites murrayensis in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Porites murrayensis
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Poritidae
Genus Porites
Species Porites murrayensis
Status near threatened

Distinguishing features

Colonies do not grow larger than about 20 cm diameter and are hemispherical or near spherical; colony surface is smooth; corallites are small and evenly-spaced; colour variable, often cream or pale brown but may be bright colours in shallow water (Veron, 2000).


  • Up to 20 cm (Colony diameter according to Veron (2000))



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Web resources


  • Kleemann, K.H. (1980). Boring bivalves and their host corals from the Great Barrier Reef, Journal of Molluscan Studies, 46: 13-54. LIRS catalog number 299.