Guide to Caribbean Coral Identification

Hi there, my name is Nicole and I am in love with coral! I want to inspire scuba divers to explore the reef with new eyes. I have created this helpful guide to Caribbean Corals so you can start identifying corals today!

If you like this guide share it with your friends and don’t forget to bookmark this page. Each image is linked to an article about the coral species. I am still working on adding more species, but on this page you will find the most common and interesting species in the Caribbean.

Staghorn Coral

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Elkhorn Coral

Acropora palmata -Elkhorn Coral

Fused Staghorn Coral

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Lettuce Coral

Fragile Saucer Coral

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Lamarck’s Sheet Coral

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Boulder Brain

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Pilar Coral

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Pineapple Coral

Grooved Brain Coral

Diploria-labyrinthiformis

Smooth Flower Coral

Golf Ball Coral

Favia fragum

Favia fragum - Golf Ball Coral

Sunray Lettuce Coral

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Sinuous Cactus Coral

Isophyllia sinuosa

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Rough Star Coral

Isophyllia

Yellow Finger Coral

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Star Coral

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Ten Ray Star Coral

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Cave Star Coral

Madracis pharensis

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Rose Coral

Manicina-areolata-ID

White Maze Coral

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Branching Fire Coral

Blade Fire Coral

Box Fire Coral

Great Star Coral

Spiny Flower Coral

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Knobby Cactus Coral

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Low-Ridge Cactus Coral

Mycetophyllia danaana

Rough Cactus Coral

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Ridged Cactus Coral

Mycetophyllia-lamarckiana-2

Ridgeless Cactus Coral

Mycetophyllia reesi

Ivory Bush Coral

Boulder Star Coral

Orbicella annularis collumns with Orbicella faveolata, mountainous star coral in the back.

Mountainous Star Coral

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Boulder Star Coral

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Mustard Hill Coral

Blue Crust Coral

Porites branneri

Honeycomb Plate Coral

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Thin Finger Coral

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Branched Finger Coral

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Finger Coral

Knobby Brain Coral

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Smooth Brain Coral

Symmetrical Brain Coral

Artichoke Coral

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Fleshy Disk Coral

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Lesser Starlet Coral

Siderastrea radians

Siderastrea radians - Lesser Starlet Coral

Massive Starlet Coral

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Smooth Star Coral

Solenastrea bournoni

Knobby Star Coral

Solenastrea hyades

Photo AIMS Coral Sheet
Photo AIMS Coral Sheet

Blushing Star Coral

Stephanocoenia-michelinii-ID-1

Lace Coral

Stylaster roseus

Thin Leaf Lettuce Coral

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Lowrelief Lettuce Coral

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Coral Photography by Nicole Helgason