Scientists aim to describe a single 'tree of life' that reflects the evolutionary relationships of living things. However, evolutionary relationships are a matter of ongoing discovery, and there are different opinions about how living things should be grouped and named. EOL reflects these differences by supporting several different scientific 'classifications'. Some species have been named more than once. Such duplicates are listed under synonyms. EOL also provides support for common names which may vary across regions as well as languages.

Preferred marks the preferred classification for this taxon.

Recognized By Rank Classification
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013
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NMNH Invertebrate Zoology resource Genus
BOLDS images II Genus
BOLDS resource for species-level taxa Genus
Conabio Genus
GBIF national node type records: France Genus
GBIF national node type records: Netherlands Genus
Global Biotic Interactions Genus
Global Biotic Interactions Genus
Hexacorallians of the World Resource Genus
IUCN Red List Genus
IUCN Red List
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Genus Import Genus Import
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
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Mineralogy Genus
NCBI Taxonomy
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BOLDS resource for higher-level taxa
NatureServe resource Genus
Nomenclator Zoologicus
  • Montastraea Blainville 1830
OBIS Environmental Information
  • Montastraea Blainville 1830
OBIS depth range resource Genus
Ocean Genome Resource- genomic DNA available Genus
One-time import of archived NBII images Genus
  • Montastraea cavernosa Linnaeus, 1767
Sloan-CoML NameLink Project
  • Montastraea
Smithsonian type specimen data Genus
AquaMaps Resource Genus
World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)
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Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons Genus
Wikipedia Genus
iNaturalist Images Genus


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