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Pachyseris is an interesting coral that has narrow ridges a few millimeters above the surface of the colony. The ridges can be long and narrow or short and contorted. There are five species of Pachyseris and this coral can be plating, encrusting or branching. Something you can find large areas covered in thin plating Pachyseris. This coral lacks are corallite structure and instead has septa-costea which run perpendicular to the narrow ridges. #CoralID #Coral #CoralReef #CoralIdentification #Pachyseris #Sulawesi #Indoneisacommon.seeMore
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Pectinia lactuca is easy to recognize because of the deep elongate valleys and walls. Most valleys can be traced from the colony center to the margins of the colony. There are nine species of Pectinia, however P. lectuca is the most distinct. The other species can be branching or boulder. The tissue is usually puffy which is a characteristic of Pectinia corals. #CoralID #CoralReef #Coral #CoralIdentification #Sulawesi #Indonesia #Pectiniacommon.seeMore
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Gonipora has long flowing polyps that look like tiny underwater flowers. But don’t be fooled this fleshy coral has a hard skeleton often shaped like a ball. Gonipora corals have 24 tentacles on the end of each polyp, and can be found in nearly every color imaginable. Gonipora looks similar to Alveopora, however, Alvepora has 12 tentacles, so if you find this coral and it has too many tentacles to count you’ve got yourself a Gonipora. https://reefdivers.io/identify-20-stony-corals-indonesia/4456 #CoralIdentification #Coralreef #Gonipora #CoralID #CoralIdentification #Coralreef #Gonipora #CoralIDcommon.seeMore
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Galaxea coral is common throughout the Indo-Pacific. You can notice this coral because of the crown shaped corallites. There are seven species of Galaxea and some can be encrusting and some can be branching. At night Galaxea will put out long stinging tentacles and when you find this coral you will notice other species keep their distance because Galaxea will sting anything it can reach. #Coral #CoralID #CoralIdentification #CoralReef #Sulawesi #Indonesiacommon.seeMore
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Lobophyllia is a common coral, however, colonies of this coral can grow to extraordinary size. Lobophyllia colonies are made up of large fleshy polyps that grow together like lobes. The polyps can be compact and barely cover the corals skeleton or they can be large and fleshy covering the skeleton like a carpet. Lobophyllia can be found in all sort of colors with some common species being grey, brown, white, and red. #coralidentification #coralreef #lobophyllia #coralID #reefdivers #coralidentification #coralreef #lobophyllia #coralID #reefdiverscommon.seeMore
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Montipora is one of the most abundant corals with over fifty species in the Indo Pacific. Montipora can be branching, encrusting, or form thin plates. The way to recognize Montipora is the small corallites which are embedded in the surface of the coral. This coral comes in a variety of colors and the rarest corals to look for have three or more colors in the same coral. #Coral #CoralID #CoralIdentification #Montipora #Sulawesi #Indonesiacommon.seeMore
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Which one is your favorite? #Coral #CoralID #CoralReef #CoralIdentification #Sulawesi #Indonesiacommon.seeMore
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Isopora palifera is easily one of the most recognizable corals throughout the Indo-Pacific. If you are just starting to learn coral identification Isopora is one of the easiest corals to spot. Isopora forms robust colonies with thick blades, and the entire colony is covered in smooth, rounded corallites. The blades are upright stretching to the surface and the tops of each blade are normally a pale color. #Isopora #Coral #CoralIdentification #Sulawesi #Indonesia #CoralIDcommon.seeMore
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