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Aporosa \Ap`o*ro"sa\, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ?. See Aporia.] (Zo["o]l.) A group of corals in which the coral is not porous; -- opposed to Perforata.


Aporosa is a genus of flowering plant belonging to the family Phyllanthaceae first described as a genus in 1825. It is native to China, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Papuasia, and Queensland.

These plants are trees or shrubs. The seeds have brightly colored arils that are attractive to birds, which disperse the seeds.

There are about 80 species.

Species formerly included

moved to other genera: Antidesma Baccaurea Drypetes Shirakiopsis

Aporosa (coral)

Aporosa was a suborder of the stony corals (order Scleractinia) first described in the classification of Milne-Edwards and Haime (1857), where it contrasted with the suborder Perferata. The distinction between the two suborders was based on the structure of the coral skeletons. Beginning with the taxonomy of Vaughan and Wells (1943), the stony corals were divided in subgroups based on more than just skeletal structures and since then Aporosa is no longer used as a classification of the stony corals. 1