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Finger Coral

Porites cylindrica


Also known as Hump Coral. It is one of the largest coral colonies in the world, growing up to about 8m in height and can cover many square meters. Branches are smooth on the surface, furry-looking at night when the polyps' tentacles are extended.


This species occurs in the southwest, central and northern Indian Ocean, the central Indo-Pacific, Australia, Southeast Asia, Japan and the West Philippine Sea, the oceanic West Pacific.


This coral, which looks like a very young colony, was spotted at a depth of less than 10m, off the western coast of Samal Island, Philippines.

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Porites cylindrica

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Blogie 11 years ago

Thanks for the ID, moralcoral! :)

moralcoral 11 years ago

Not staghorn actually a submassive porites!

Blogie 11 years ago

Hi Aldrin. That's my hope as well. :)

aldrin 11 years ago

you have lots of interesting spotting sir. Your location, being part of the coral triangle, really hosts numbers of interesting marine life. hope they are protected well... : )

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 12, 2012
Submitted on Jan 25, 2012

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