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Poritipora paliformis


Poritipora paliformis is the only species within its genus. This makes it an incredibly distinct coral with a unique evolutionary history and few close relatives.

It is known to form large colonies characterized by a slightly undulating and highly textured surface. Individual polyps are housed within deeply excavated exoskeletons (corallites) and their dull brown colour gives colonies a honeycomb like appearance.

Additional species-specific information for P.paliformis is limited. However, the main threats are thought to coincide with that of many other scleractinian coral species; being widespread habitat destruction and bleaching events linked to elevated ocean temperatures.

  • Order: Scleractinia
  • Family: Poritidae
  • Trend: unknown
  • Depth Range (m): 5 - 15

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 5.73 (?)
ED Score: 75.76 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct


This species is found across the tropical Indian Ocean, notably off the coast of Madagascar and Sri Lanka but is also rare within this range.

Habitat and Ecology

P.paliformis is found in shallow reef environments generally to a maximum depth of 15m. Colonies of this species are described as massive; a morphological description that means colonies grow as a globular structure.

In the right conditions colonies can grow to several metres in diameter.

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This wordcloud illustrates the threats facing this species. The size of each word indicates the extent of a species range that is affected by that threat (larger size means a greater area is affected). The colour of the word indicates how much that threat impacts the species (darker shades of red mean the threat is more severe).

Urban development Industrial development Tourism Extreme temperatures Extreme weather Shipping Fishing Recreation Invasive species Native species Wastewater Industry Agriculture Air pollution

Threat wordcloud key:

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Severity unknown
Source: The IUCN List of Threatened Species. Version 2017.1.
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