Porites portoricensis Vaughan 1919 (stony coral)

Anthozoa - Scleractinia - Poritidae

Alternative combination: Goniopora portoricensis

Synonyms: Goniopora clevei Vaughan 1919, Porites howei Vaughan 1919

Full reference: T. W. Vaughan. 1919. Fossil corals from central America, Cuba, and Porto Rico, with an account of the American Tertiary, Pleistocene, and Recent coral reefs. Smithsonian Institution Bulletin 103:189-524

Belongs to Porites according to T. A. Stemann 2003

See also Johnson and Kirby 2006 and Vaughan 1919

Sister taxa: Porites amplectans, Porites anguillensis, Porites arenosa, Porites arnaudi, Porites astreoides, Porites australiensis, Porites baracoaensis, Porites belli, Porites bernardi, Porites branneri, Porites calabricae, Porites carrizensis, Porites chipolanum, Porites collegniana, Porites colonensis, Porites columnaris, Porites compressa, Porites convivatoris, Porites crustulum, Porites cylindrica, Porites deshayesiana, Porites divaricata, Porites diversiformis, Porites douvillei, Porites evermanni, Porites floridaeprima, Porites furcata, Porites gajensis, Porites hawaiiensis, Porites heronensis, Porites incrustans, Porites lanuginosa, Porites leptoclada, Porites lichen, Porites lobata, Porites lobatosepta, Porites lutea, Porites macdonaldi, Porites maigensis, Porites mancietensis, Porites matheroni, Porites minuta, Porites mordax, Porites multilamellata, Porites murrayensis, Porites nigrescens, Porites nodifera, Porites nummulitica, Porites oligocenica, Porites pachysepta, Porites panamensis, Porites panamensis, Porites porites, Porites pusilla, Porites rus, Porites solida, Porites sverdrupi, Porites timorensis, Porites trinitatis, Porites undulata, Porites vindobonarum, Porites waylandi

Type specimens:

  • Porites portoricensis: Its type locality is USGS 3191, Lares, which is in a Chattian perireef or subreef limestone in the Pepino Formation of Puerto Rico
  • Goniopora clevei: Its type locality is Crocus Bay, which is in a Burdigalian/Serravallian reef, buildup or bioherm limestone/limestone in the Anguilla Formation of Anguilla.
  • Porites howei:

Ecology: stationary intermediate-level epifaunal photosymbiotic-suspension feeder


• Quaternary of Costa Rica (2 collections)

• Pliocene of the Bahamas (5), Costa Rica (8), the Dominican Republic (13), Jamaica (1), the Netherlands Antilles (2)

• Miocene to Pliocene of the Dominican Republic (4)

• Miocene of Anguilla (3), the Dominican Republic (16), Jamaica (1), the Netherlands Antilles (1), Panama (2), Venezuela (1)

• Oligocene of Antigua and Barbuda (2), Jamaica (1), Puerto Rico (1), Venezuela (1)

Total: 64 collections each including a single occurrence

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