seen? This family includes some of the most commonly seen
hard corals on our Southern and Northern shores.
The Family Poritidae include members with widely varying characteristics.
Pore corals (Porites sp.) have among
the smallest polyps, while some Goniopora
corals (Goniopora sp.) have polyps that are so large and
long that they may be mistaken for sea anemones. The family is considered
the third largest contributor to reef formation, especially Pore corals.
Pore corals form large, long-lived colonies, while Goniopora corals
are opportunistic and are among those that settle early in new areas.
sp. have polyps that appear similar to those of Goniopora sp.
But while Goniopora polyps have 24 tentacles, Alveopora
polyps have 12 tentacles with tips that may be bulbous or flattened,
and are shorter and smaller.
Status and threats: Some members
of the Family Poritidae recorded in Singapore are listed as globally
the IUCN. Like other creatures of the intertidal zone, they are
affected by human activities such as reclamation and pollution. Trampling
by careless visitors, and over-collection also have an impact on local
Poritidae recorded for Singapore
Danwei Huang, Karenne P. P. Tun, L. M Chou and Peter A. Todd. 30 Dec
2009. An inventory of zooxanthellate sclerectinian corals in Singapore
including 33 new records **the species found on many shores in
in red are those listed as threatened
on the IUCN global list.
based on in Veron, Jen. 2000. Corals of the World.
sp. with list of species recorded for Singapore
Porites sp. (Pore corals) with list of species recorded
Alveopora sp. (Daisy corals)
Alveopora allingi (Vulnerable)
Alveopora catalai (Near Threatened)
Alveopora excelsa (Endangered)
Alveopora fenestrata (Vulnerable)
Alveopora marionensis (Vulnerable)
Alveopora spongiosa** (Near Threatened)
(select species from list) on Corals of the World online on the
Australian Institute of Marine Science website: Technical fact
species on Reef Corals of the Indo-Malayan Seas, the Marine Species
Identification Portal: Technical fact sheet.
Poritidae (enter Poritidae or species in search bar) on the
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species website: Technical fact sheet.
- Danwei Huang,
Karenne P. P. Tun, L. M Chou and Peter A. Todd. 30 Dec 2009. An
inventory of zooxanthellate sclerectinian corals in Singapore
including 33 new records (pdf). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology
Supplement No. 22: 69-80.
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