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 by taking a closer look at corals. I have created this helpful guide to identifying Caribbean corals so you can start to identify 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 with a list of scientific names at the bottom of the page. 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

Elkhorn coral - Acropora palmata

Fused Staghorn Coral

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Fragile Saucer Coral

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Lowrelief Lettuce 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

Knobby Brain Coral

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Grooved Brain Coral

Diploria-labyrinthiformis

Smooth Brain Coral

Symmetrical Brain Coral

Smooth Flower Coral

Golf Ball Coral

Favia fragum

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Sunray Lettuce Coral

Helioseris-ID-7

Sinuous Cactus Coral

Isophyllia sinuosa

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Rough Star Coral

Isophyllia

Yellow Finger Coral

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Ten Ray Star Coral

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Rose Coral

Manicina-areolata-ID

White Maze Coral

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Great Star Coral

Spiny Flower Coral

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Knobby Cactus Coral

Mycetophyllia-acliciae-4

Low-Ridge Cactus Coral

Mycetophyllia danaana

Rough Cactus Coral

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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

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Honeycomb Plate Coral

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Thin Finger Coral

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Branched Finger Coral

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Finger Coral

Artichoke Coral

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Fleshy Disk Coral

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Massive Starlet Coral

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Blushing Star Coral

Stephanocoenia michelinii

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Thin Leaf Lettuce Coral

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