Field Guide to the Corals of Nauru

Colonies of Distichopora violacea, Nauru.

Colonies of Distichopora violacea, Nauru. Photo copyright Douglas Fenner.

Nauru is one of the smallest countries in the world, consisting of just a single island a few miles wide near the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by coral reefs made up of reef-building coral species, many of which are difficult to identify even by experts. This field guide to nearly 50 species of the most common corals on Nauru provides a resource for coral reef scientists, managers, monitoring teams, and anyone else interested in learning about reef-building corals. Corals are presented in the conventional taxonomic order, because it puts corals that are morphologically similar together, which facilitates learning to distinguish them. A few modifications of that order have been introduced to help put similar looking species closer together. This guide presently has 48 coral species in 19 genera.


Field Guide to the Corals of Nauru: (full report, pdf 30 MB)


For more information, contact:

Douglas Fenner

Lance Smith