“From Veron, J.E.N. Corals of the World.”
Description: Colonies are clumps of anastomosing contorted branches. Large colonies may develop basal laminae. Corallites are widely spaced and conspicuously excavated. The coenosteum is fine.
Color: Pale brown or grey.
Habitat: Shallow protected reef environments where diversity is high.
Similar Species: Porites rugosa. See also P. nigrescens, which has less excavated corallites. Resembles the acroporid Montipora porites underwater.