Corals of the Western Indian Ocean

This page hosts a number of resources on reef corals of the western Indian Ocean. They are works in progress, so incomplete. Please revisit in the future for further updates.

Species level identification of WIO corals

Very few identification guides exist that include a broad range of growth forms of genera and species in the region, as most taxonomic and field work has been done in other parts of the Indo-Pacific.

This hard coral database is being built up with 15-20 photographs of each species, from locations spread around the Western Indian Ocean and beyond.

Genus level identification of WIO corals

The following guide presents a page on each genus in the Western Indian Ocean, illustrating each of the species found.

This is available as a powerpoint on slideshare, or as a pdf below: