Just a note to let you know the following paper was published in the latest
edition of the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.
Jameson SC, Cairns SD (2012) Neotypes for Porites porites (Pallas, 1766) and
Porites divaricata Lesueur, 1821 and remarks on other western Atlantic
species of Porites (Anthozoa: Scleractinia). Proceedings of the Biological
Society of Washington 125(2):189-207
Abstract.?To stabilize the taxonomy of the genus Porites in the western
Atlantic and provide a foundation from which to launch future taxonomic
research, neotypes for the coral species Porites porites and P. divaricata
are chosen and Porites verrillii is proposed as a junior synonym of P.
Colony photographs and stereo scanning electron micrographs are provided of
corallites of: 1) neotypes of P. porites (i.e., the P. clavaria holotype)
divaricata, 2) the holotypes of P. furcata, P. branneri, P. colonensis, and
P. verrillii, and 3) a common P. astreoides. A brief taxonomic history of
genus is also provided.
Dr. Stephen C. Jameson
Museum of Natural History
Department of Invertebrate Zoology