Characters: Colonies are branching, the branches being irregularly contorted and fused. Corallites are very small and are deeply embedded in the coenosteum. The coenosteum is very rough and seldom surrounds corallites, but rather forms irregular ridges. Colour: Pale brown or pinkish, with yellow tips to branches. Similar species: Porites nigrescens, which has larger corallites, less contorted branches and a more even coenosteum. Habitat: Shallow reef environments. Abundance: Uncommon