Genus ID: Pocillopora

This genus is a bit easier to identify and an exact specie can be determined with a high quality photograph.

Below are 3 examples from the western & central Indian ocean.

Pocillopora meandrina

P. meandrina has the following characteristics:

  • Verrucae do not integrate with branches
  • Colony consist of upright branches
  • Colony consist of short, compact branches
  • Verrucae are neat, uniform on branch and consistent in size

Pocillopora verrucosa

P. verrucosa has the following characteristics:

  • Verrucae do not integrate with branches
  • Colony consist of upright branches
  • Colony consist of short, compact branches
  • Verrucae are irregular in size and not uniform on branch

Pocillopora grandis

P. grandis has the following characteristics:

  • Verrucae do not integrate with branches
  • Colony consist of upright branches
  • Colony consist of elongated stout, upright and flattened branches
  • Verrucae are large and uniform on branch