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Temporal range: Ordovician - Permian
Aulopora from the Silica Shale (Middle Devonian) of northwestern Ohio. Image shows colony origin encrusting a brachiopod.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order: Tabulata
Family: Auloporidae
Genus: Aulopora
Goldfuss 1829

Aulopora is an extinct genus of tabulate coral characterized by a bifurcated budding pattern and conical corallites.[1] Colonies commonly encrust hard substrates such as rocks, shells and carbonate hardgrounds.[2]


  1. ^ Boardman, R.S. (1987). Fossil Invertebrates. Blackwell. p. 714. 
  2. ^ Feldman, R.M.; Hackathorn (1996). Fossils of Ohio. Ohio Division of Geological Survey Bulletin 70. p. 577.