[Coral-List] Porites branneri reproduction, larvae, and juvenile development

Thomas Goreau goreau at bestweb.net
Thu Jan 17 14:08:51 EST 2008

This is not an easy coral to grow! P. branneri is really a special  
and rare coral, normally found in very shallow and rough areas (at  
least in Jamaica and Curacao).

You can find a lot on reproduction, larvae, and their distinctive  
juvenile corallite development of all the Caribbean Porites (porites,  
astreoides, branneri, furcata, and divaricata, all but the later  
described P. colonensis) in:

Nora I. Goreau, 1982, Skeletal morphosis in the life history of  
corals: Ontogenesis of the genera Porites and Tubastrea, Discovery  
Bay Marine Laboratory, University of the West Indies, Jamaica, 367 p.

Thomas J. Goreau, PhD
Global Coral Reef Alliance
37 Pleasant Street, Cambridge MA 02139
goreau at bestweb.net

Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 10:11:52 -0500
From: "Dan Dalke-Fac/Staff" <ddalke at lovett.org>
Subject: [Coral-List] Porites bran
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Cc: Whitney Kenney-09 <wlkenney at lovett.org>,	Lenzie Avery-09
	<ljavery at lovett.org>
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Dear coral listers,

I have a student project that is surprising to me this year. I
have a 120 gallon aquarium with cultured live rock in it from
Florida. It has been established for over 5 years and has been a
great aquarium. Several small colonies of what I believe are
Porites branneri are growing on new pieces of live rock and reef
plugs throughout the aquarium. I haven't had much experience
with corals sexually reproducing within an aquarium before and
was wondering if anyone had any similar experiences with this
coral within aquariums or any knowledge of this coral within the

Here is the link to the student project on it:

and also their current picture page:

Any information about this coral and your thoughts on their
project would be greatly appreciated.


Dan Dalke
Upper School Science Department Chairman
The Lovett School
404-262-3032 ext. 1520
ddalke at lovett.org

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