In addition to a glossary of terms, I feel like I need a place to collate all of the species that I mention or display in the blog. Here’s the Cnidae Gritty Pokédex v.1. I’m sure I’ll find a better way to organize it in the future. Remember <ctrl-F> if you’re looking for something in particular.



Acropora nobilis – A branching acroporid found in the Indo-Pacific, with slightly more robust branches and finer corallites than the more common A. formosa. (Hello again, Diversity)

Acropora hyacinthus – One of the most common plating acroporids in the world, found throughout the Indo-Pacific. (Hello againDiversityTetiaroa)

Acropora loripes – A distinctive, bushy, Indo-Pacific acroporid with large, widely spaced, smooth-rimmed corallites. (Hello againDiversity)

Acropora formosa – Probably the most common branching acroporid in the world, found throughout the Indo-Pacific and resembling the common Caribbean acroporid A. cervicornis. (Hello again)

Diploastrea heliopora – A massive Indo-Pacific coral in its own family, Diploastreidae, with large, closely-spaced, ribbed corallites. (Hello againDiversity)

Echinopora mammiformis – A branching and/or plating Indo-Pacific coral in the family Merulinidae, with large, variably spaced, ribbed corallites. (Hello againDiversity)

Galaxea fascicularis – A crusting or massive Indo-Pacific coral with closely packed but individual long, fragile-looking corallites. In the family Euphyllidae. (Hello againDiversity)

Pocillopora verrucosa – A bushy Indo-Pacific coral, with large knobby branches covered in wart-like ‘verrucae’. In the family Pocilloporidae. (Tetiaroa)

Porites lobata – A massive coral in the family Poritidae, very common in the Indo-Pacific, with tiny corallites that do not form bumps. (Tetiaroa)

Siderastrea siderea – An encrusting or massive coral in the family Siderastreidae, common in the Caribbean, with moderately sized, sunken, star-like corallites. (Significance)

Symphillia radians – A massive ‘brain’-type coral common in the Indo-Pacific, which lacks individual corallites in lieu of winding valleys that contain multiple mouths. In the family Lobophyllidae. (Hello againDiversity)

Turbinaria stellulata – An encrusting coral in the family Dendrophylliidae. (The GCMP)

Other cnidarians:

Anthopleura xanthogrammica – A large green sea anemone commonly found on the Oregon Coast. (Introduction)


Helicobacter pylori – A bacterium found in the human gut that is involved in both preventing and causing various diseases. (Significance)

Symbiodinium – The photosynthetic, endosymbiotic algae that corals depend on for sugars, among other things. (Introduction, Significance)


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