Caribbean Coral Diaries: Colpophyllia natans
Colpophyllia natans Colpophyllia natans is a dominant reef-building coral with wide meandering valleys stretching across the entire surface of the coral colony. This coral forms impressive domed boulders and is one of the most common corals in the Caribbean. Colpophyllia…
Caribbean Coral Diaries – Mussa angulosa

Spiny Flower Coral Mussa angulosa is a large polyp stony coral found in turbid Caribbean reefs. This coral has fleshy polyps which can grow in groups or as a single polyp. The polyps can be up to 10cm or 4inches…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Mycetophyllia danaana

Mycetophyllia danaana If you’ve been diving in the Caribbean chances are you come across Mycetophyllia danaana. This coral forms round plates with a mounded form, thicker in the center of the colony tapering to a narrow perimeter. Mycetophyllia danaana is the chunkiest of the…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Mycetophyllia ferox
Mycetophyllia ferox Mycetophyllia ferox has to be on the top of my list when it comes to Caribbean corals. This plating coral can be found tucked into caves or on the side of rocks, and I just love seeing those…
Caribbean Coral Diaries: Mycetophyllia aliciae

Mycetophyllia aliciae Mycetophyllia is a group of fleshy corals found in the Caribbean. They are part of the Mussidae family and there are five distinct species. Mycetophyllia aliciae is one of the most common Mycetophyllia species and is easy to distinguish with white…

Why Don’t Scuba Divers Care About Corals?

Corals and Scuba Diving If you follow ReefDivers.io you know we love corals. We write about them and encourage divers to take a closer look at the reef. But we often wonder why scuba divers spend their time looking for…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Orbicella annularis

Orbicella annularis Orbicella annularis is one of three species of Orbicella coral found in the Caribbean. This species of Orbicella grows into clusters of long thick columns with large domed shaped tops. The three species of Orbicella are O. faveolata, O.…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Orbicella faveolata

Orbicella faveolata Orbicella faveolata is an important reef-building coral that forms large mountainous colonies. Juvenile corals are rather mundane, while adult colonies can grow to an impressive size. Orbicella grows by encrusting. A new colony can start from a single polyp…

Caribbean Coral Diaries – Psuedodiploria strigosa

Gardens of the Queen, Cuba The Coral Diaries series is a list of corals we have seen while diving around the world. We’ve created this series so that you can learn more about corals, and how to identify them on…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Diploria labyrinthiformis

The Coral Diaries series is a list of corals we have seen while diving around the world. We’ve created this series so that you can learn more about corals, and how to identify them on the reef. We encourage you…