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  Boulder Coral (Porites sp)





Boulder Coral | Porites sp photo
The large ball shaped coral at front right is Porites Coral. Photographed at Wilson Island - just a short boat trip from Heron Island, near the Tropic of Capricorn on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. You do not have to snorkel far to see scenes like this on a Wilson Island holiday. The coral beach slopes steeply to deep clear water.

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Boulder Coral | Porites sp photo
Porites Coral with clam growing in it. This clam was about 30cm long. Photographed on Wilson Island.

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BOULDER CORAL FACTS

Description
Boulder Coral grows into a huge ball shape. They form an important part of the Great Barrier Reef structure. Porites may live more than 800 years old.

Other Names
Porites Coral

Size
can grow to more than 20m in diameter



Classification
Class:Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Poritidae
Genus:Porites
Species:sp
Common Name:Boulder Coral