Corallite descriptions

Corallite example: Genus Favia

Corallite example: Genus Pocillopora

  • Corallites are the flat round structures located on the verrucae
  • Verrucae are the lumpy lobes where the corallites are located

Corallite example: Genus Acropora

Corallite example: Genus Mussa

Ridges and valleys example

Note that width of the valley is a common measurement tool used to ID different meandroid species

Types of branching

Types of branching is to describe colonies that have secondary branches, meaning branches that come off the first branch. Forms that don’t have secondary branches are grouped within the terms of Corallite colony arrangements