SPS/LPS Coral Species Pictures

From Acropora to Volcano Corals, browse this large collection of Subclass Hexacorallia member SPS/LPS (Small/Large Polyped Stony) coral photos to view pictures and identify all types of hard corals that are commonly as well as rarely kept in reef aquariums.

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    Acropora & Plate Coral Pictures

    Metallic Green Acropora. Jason Grant

    Pictures of two primary genera of the Acroporidae family that together makes up almost one-third of all reef-building corals. Photos and pictures of Acropora species Bottlebrush, Branching, Brier, Bushy, Cat's Paw, Cluster, Elkhorn, Staghorn, Table/Tabletop Acropora corals, and Montipora species named Plate, Velvet/Velvet Finger Coral, Encrusting and Whorled Montipora

    Facts and information about Acropora Coral species

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    Bubble Coral. Victor Delgado

    Most commonly referred to as Grape or Pearl, but also as Bladder, Bubble, and Octobubble Coral, here are photos, pictures of Genus Plerogyra species that are members of the stony polyped or SPS/LPS Caryophylliidae family.

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    Mark Caruana's Open Brain Coral
    Open Brain Coral. Mark Caruana

    Collectively referred to as Brain and Closed Brain, as well as named Maze, Moon, Pineapple, and Star Coral, here are photos, pictures of Genera Favia, Favites, Goniastrea, Leptoria, Montastraea, Oulophyllia and Platygyra, along with Open Brain Family Trachyphyllidae species corals, all which are members of the stony Faviidae family.

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    Crater Coral Pictures

    Crater Coral. Keoki Stender

    Members of the stony Faviidae family commonly referred to as Crater Coral in Hawai'i, here are photos of Genus Leptastrea corals in their many different forms, including Horizontal Encrusting (typical and odd color), Massive Exsert, Vertical (Rugose, Cerioid, Crowded, odd colors), and smooth variations.

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    Cup & Sun Coral Pictures

    Sunflower Coral. Rick Herring

    Dendrophylliidae family members, here are photos and pictures of beautiful Genus Tubastraea corals, which are stony polyped or SPS/LPS species commonly known as Colonial, Golden and Orange Cup, and Sun, Black Sun, and Sunflower Coral.

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    Daisy & Flowerpot Corals

    Goniopora Coral
    Goniopora Coral. Dan Hammet Jr.

    Pictures of members of the stony polyped or SPS/LPS Poritidae family commonly referred to as Daisy, Flowerpot, and Ball Coral, here are photos, pictures of popular Genus Goniopora species reef corals.

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    Fox & Jasmine Corals

    Fox Coral. R. Tebben

    Genus Nemenzophyllia consists of only one known species, N. turbida. Here are a few nice photos, pictures of this SPS/LPS member of the Caryophylliidae family, which is commonly known as Fox, Jasmine, and Ridge Coral.

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    Frogspawn & Hammer Corals

    Frogspawn Coral. D. Widmer

    Commonly referred to as Frogspawn, Hammer, Anchor, Grape, Octopus, Torch, Pom-Pom Coral, and same name "Branching" relatives, here are photos and pictures of Genus Euphyllia species stony polyped or SPS/LPS corals of the Caryophylliidae family.

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  • 09 of 14

    Galaxy Corals

    Galaxy Coral. Dennis & Andrea Pilipufs

    Pictures of the most common saltwater aquarium trade stony polyped or SPS/LPS corals of the Oculinidae family, these photos are primarily of Genus Galaxea species that inhabit Pacific reefs that are commonly named Galaxy, as well as Crystal, Star, Brittle, and Durian Coral.

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    Stony Elegant / Wonder Corals

    Elegance Coral. R. Tebben

    Commonly referred to as Elegant or Elegance, and Wonder Coral, here are photos, pictures of stony polyped or SPS/LPS Genus Catalaphyllia species corals, which are members of the Caryophylliidae family.

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    Stony Turban / Scroll Corals

    Pagoda [i](Turbinaria peltata}[/i] Coral
    Pagoda Coral. Raymond Mastrella

    Pictures of the members of the Dendrophylliidae family, a photo collection of Genus Turbinaria corals, which are stony polyped or SPS/LPS species that are commonly known as Turban, Scroll, Yellow Cup, Pagoda, and Vase Coral.

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    Torch & Trumpet Corals

    Candy Cane Coral. Joe Martin

    Pictures of commonly referred to collectively as Torch, Trumpet, Candy Cane, Bullseye, and Cat's Eye Coral, here are photos, pictures of Genus Caulastrea species corals that are members of the stony polyped or SPS/LPS Faviidae family.

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    Volcano & Crater Corals

    Grey Mouth Volcano Coral. Keoki Stender

    Here are stony Family Faviidae - GenusLeptastrea and Cyphastrea species corals photographed in the Hawaiian Islands by Keoki and Yuko Stender. Although none of these hard corals known as Volcano and Crater Corals resemble the "true brain" Colpophyllia of the Caribbean, they are sometimes referred to as such in Hawai'i.

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    Elegance Coral. R. Tebben

    Commonly referred to as Elegant or Elegance, and Wonder Coral, here are photos, pictures of stony polyped or SPS/LPS Genus Catalaphyllia species corals, which are members of the Caryophylliidae family.