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A Protocol for Coral Collection & Curation (PDF: 1.8 MB)
This protocol provides a step-by-step guide to collect and curate coral specimens for taxonomic research purposes

Additional files:  CoralFieldImages_Template.xlsxEXAMPLE_Moorea.xlsxCreative Commons Licence

Field Guides

Hard Corals of the Coral Sea (PDF: 25 MB)
An illustrated overview of 147 species and 60 genera of hard corals observed in the Coral Sea
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The Amun Ini House Reef Guide (PDF: 1.2 MB)
An illustrated 1 page guide to commonly found hard coral species in Bohol, Philippines
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Upcoming seminars by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies


Corals old-to-new Conversion List (Excel: 70 KB)
The molecular revolution has caused a lot of turmoil in coral taxonomy. In particular, the names of many species have changed most often because they have been moved from one genera to another or even into a new family. All of these changes in the order Scleractinia are recorded in meticulous detail by Prof. Bert Hoeksema and Dr. Stephen Cairns at World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), however, this spreadsheet offers a quick way to convert the old species names to the new. If you need to be sure of the current new names, please double check at WoRMS.

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS): Order Scleractinia

Philippine Corals by Francisco Nemenzo
by Br. Alfred Shields FSC Ocean Research Center

Identification Guides by External Organisations

The Coral Compactus: Western Australia Hard Coral Genus Identification Guide
by Zoe Richards and Western Australian Museum

Coral finder