Two 3D models of Scleractinia.

Virtual Collection: Hexacorals (Scleractinia)

This virtual collection was last curated by Jonathan Hendricks on May 15, 2019. Each model is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Unless otherwise indicated, each model was created by Emily Hauf using specimens at the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.

Family Agariciidae

Modern specimen of the scleractinian coral Agaricia agaricites from the Florida Keys (PRI 76794). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Longest dimension of specimen is approximately 10 cm.

Family Faviidae

Modern specimen of the scleractinian coral Montastraea cavernosa from off Monroe County, Florida (PRI 13355). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Maximum dimension of specimen is approximately 11 cm.

Family Meandrinidae

Modern specimen of the sclearactinian coral Eusmilia fastigata from Sand Key Reef, Florida Keys, Florida (PRI 76767). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Longest dimension of specimen is approximately 13.5 cm.

Family Siderastreidae

Fossil specimen of the scleractinian coral Siderastrea dalli, with the coral Dichocoenia eminens (Family Meandrinidae) growing upon it; also present are the coral barnacles Ceratoconcha prefloridana, as well as other small encrusters. Specimen is from the Pleistocene Caloosahatchee Formation of Florida (PRI 76789). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Longest dimension of specimen is approximately 12 cm.

Family Rhizangiidae

Fossil coral Septastrea marylandica from the upper Pliocene Tamiami Fm. (Pinecrest Beds) of Sarasota County, Florida (PRI 70753). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Maximum length of specimen is 46.0 mm. This species lived by encrusting and growing on the shells of other organisms, in this case a snail shell. Learn more about this species on the Neogene Atlas of Ancient Life.

Family incertae sedis

Modern specimen of the sclearactinian coral Cladocora arbusucula from near St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida (PRI 13376). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Maximum diameter of specimen is approximately 7.5 cm.