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This is my attempt to make a search for a coral's identification just a bit easier by trying to at least get a start within a genus, once you have an idea of what group it may be within, you can then search that genus for possible specific species at the below link.

CORAL IDENTIFICATION  CD



  If you are going to have any chance at correctly identifying a coral, you will most likely have to have a skeletal sample of the coral in question. You will also need to become familiar with the termonology used to describe indentifying features. The following links go into such details and will be very helpfull to you if you read these articles.      Taxonomy of Stony Corals        Taxonomy of Stony Corals Part 2        Taxonomy of  Corals Part 3
                                                                                                                                                       ( soft corals, zooanthids)

  Do Note, that most coral species are capable of growing in many different forms or shapes, all due to what reef conditions they find themselves in. The taxonomy of stony corals part 2 will show you photo examples of the many different shapes that corals can form.




FAIR WARNING:  Do not go by just the corallite shape, although it will get you within a few genus groups at least. As an example, the first photo shown below left is of an Acanthastrea, yet there are other corals that look very much like it such as the Favia and Favites genus.

IF THERE IS ONLY ONE PHOTO SHOWN, THEN THAT IS THE ONLY SPECIES WITHIN THAT GENUS


ACANTHASTREA

     
Skeletal Details of Acanthastrea Rotundoflora
     

ACROPORA
Note: It is all but impossible to correctly ID any Acropora species from a photo, I am though showing a few species only as representatives.
                                                              

AGARICIA
  

ALVEOPORA
    

ANACROPORA
   

ANOMASTRAEA
                                                                                         

ASTRANGIA
                                                                                         

ASTREOPORA
      

AUSTRALOGYRA
                                                                                           

AUSTRALOMUSSA


BALANOPHYLLIA


BARABATTOIA
                                                               

BLASTOMUSSA
      

CANTHARELLUS
                                   

CATALAPHYLLIA


CAULASTREA
     

CLADOCORA
                                                             

COELOSERIS


COLPOPHYLLIA


COSCINARAEA
       

CTENACTIS
                                 

CTENELLA


CYCLOSERIS
        

CYNARINA


CYPHASTREA
        

DENDROGYRA


DIASERIS
                                         

DICHOCOENIA


DIPLOASTREA


DIPLORIA
                                   

DUNCANOPSAMMIA


ECHINOMORPHA


ECHINOPHYLLIA
      

ECHINOPORA
       

EUPHYLLIA
      

EUSMILLIA


FAVIA
       

FAVITES
       

FUNGIA
       

GALAXEA
       

GARDINEROSERIS


GONIASTREA
       

GONIOPORA
       

GYROSMILLIA
                                   

HALOMITRA
                                   

HELIOFUNGIA
                                                               

HELIOPORA
(Stony yet classified an Octocoral)
Photo by Charles RaabePhoto by Charles Raabe

HERPOLITHA
                                                                

HETEROCYATHUS


HETEROPSAMMIA


HORASTREA


HYDNOPHORA
        

ISOPHYLLIA
                                                               

LEPTASTREA
       

LEPTORIA
                                                               

LEPTOSERIS
       

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