Saturday, August 19, 2017

Terms


Click any of the  GREY TABS below to visit the Termigator

Use the “Corals as” tabs below to explore the “Termigator” – our interactive visual glossary of the terms used by the Coral Finder and the Coral Hub. If you already know the term you are looking for then use the alphabetical listing of all the terms in the table below. Note: the terms used by the Coral Finder and Coral Hub are a useful “subset” of all those used by coral taxonomists for species level coral identification. Simplifying the jargon allows beginners to get a foothold. A more comprehensive account of coral related terminology can be found in Veron, J. E. N. (2000). Corals of the World. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Marine Science.

  • The Polyp
  • The Corallite
  • Corallite Arrangement
  • Life-forms
  • Colony Surface
  • Asexual Reproduction

An A-Z list of commonly used coral terms

Algae
Asexual reproduction
Attached
Autotomy
Axial corallite
Axial furrow
Branching
Calcium carbonate
Coenosarc
Coenosteum
Colony
Colony margin
Colony surface
Columnar
Common walls
Coralla
Corallite
Corallite arrangement
Corallite shape
Costae
Daytime expanded polyps
Digitate
Encrusting
Extra-tentacular budding
Fragmentation
Free-living
Fused walls
Growth form
Gut
Hoods
Hydnophores
Indistinct walls
Intra-tentacular budding
Isolated
Laminar
Life form
Massive
Meandering
Meandroid
Modular organisms
Monticules
Mounds
Mouth
Oral disc
Paliform lobes
Plate
Polyp
Radial corallite
Ridge
Separate walls
Septa
Septal teeth
Septocostae
Shared walls
Skeletal Ornament
Skeleton
Solitary
Spinules
Tentacles
Tubular walls
Valley
Vase
Verrucae
Vesicles
Wall
Zooxanthellae