Coral IDC: The Rest

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Coral ID: The Rest

Coral Identification for Curacaoan coral species (permanently under construction)

This set of pictures aims to show the differences between coral species that are often “mistaken” for one another. Because terminology to describe each species is often subjective (i.e. has larger polyps or smaller ridges) having both species in one picture might help to get a better idea of how such closely related/ similar looking “species” can be distinguished from one another. Be aware that for the purpose of this page, we use the “conversational species concept”, which is simply intended to describe the variation that exists in morphological features of Caribbean corals around Curacao.

For Montastraea corals (“star corals”)
For Agaricid corals (“plating corals”)
For braincorals (well….)
For everything else, see below

The Restidae

PAST vs PPOR

Porites astreoides (left) and Porites porites (right)

PAST vs PPOR 2

Porites astreoides (left) and Porites porites (right)

PAST vs PBRAN

Porites astreoides (left) and Porites branneri (right)

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Porites astreoides (left) and Porites branneri (right)

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Two colourmorphs of Porites astreoides

Stephanocoenia intersepta [michelinii] vs Porites atreoides

Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (left) and Porites astreoides (right)

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Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (left) and Porites astreoides (right)

PAST vs SINT

Porites astreoides (left) and Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (right)

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Porites astreoides (left) and Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (right)

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Porites astreoides (left) and Siderastrea siderea (right)

SRAD vs SSID

Siderastrea radians (left) and Siderastrea siderea (right)

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Siderastrea siderea  (left) and Siderastrea radians (right)

SRAD vs SSID 3

Siderastrea radians (left) and Siderastrea siderea (right)

SSID vs SMIC

Siderastrea sidera (left) and Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (right)

SSID vs SMIC 2

Siderastrea sidera (left) and Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (right)

SMICINT vs SSID

Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (left) and  Siderastrea sidera (right)

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Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (left) and  Siderastrea sidera (right)

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Siderastrea sidera (left) and Montastraea annularis (right)

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Agaricia agaricites (left) and Siderastrea sidera (right)

Stephanocoenia intersepta [michelinii] [colormorphs]

Two colormorphs of Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii

MPHA vs SMICINT

Madracis pharensis (left) and Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (right)

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Madracis pharensis (left) and Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (right)

MPHA vs SMICINT2

Madracis pharensis (left) and Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (right)

MPHA vs SMICINT3

Madracis pharensis (left) and Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (right)

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Madracis pharensis (left) and Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (right)

MSEN vs SMICINT

Madracis senaria (left) and Stephanocoenia intersepta/ michelinii (right)

past VS mpha

Porites astreoides (left) and Madracis pharensis (right)

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Porites porites (left) and Porites astreoides (right)

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Madracis mirabilis (left) and Porites porites (right)

2 MMIR vs MDEC

Madracis mirabilis (left) and Madracis decactis (right)

MCAR vs MDEC

Madracis carmabi (left) and Madracis decactis (right)

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Madracis decactis (left) and Madracis carmabi (right)

MPHA vs MSEN

Madracis pharensis (left) and Madracis senaria (right)

Madracis senaria and Madracis pharensis(1)

Madracis senaria (left) and Madracis pharensis (right)

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Two colormorphs of Madracis pharensis

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Madracis senaria (left; characteristic 6 exert septs are not visible on picture), Madracis decactis (middle, bottom) and Madracis pharensis (right)

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Madracis senaria (left; characteristic 6 exert septs are not visible on picture) and Madracis decactis (right)

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Eusmilia fastigiata (left) and Meandrina meandrites (right)

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