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Pocillopora eydouxi

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1860

Colonies are composed of stout, upright, flattened branches. Colonies are often over one metre across and may form large single species stands. Branches may be widely separated or may be compact, especially where currents are strong. Verrucae are uniform in shape and spacing.

Colour: Usually pale to dark green or brown.

Habitat: Most reef environments, but especially exposed reef fronts and where currents are strong.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Pocillopora zelli

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Pichon (1976), Dai (1989). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pocillopora eydouxi.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  A community dominated by P. eydouxi.  Ed Lovell.

Pocillopora eydouxi.Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.A community dominated by P. eydouxi.Ed Lovell.

Pocillopora eydouxi.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora eydouxi.Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.null.Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora eydouxi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Detail of a branch.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Pocillopora eydouxi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Detail of a branch.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Pocillopora eydouxi.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  P. eydouxi (right) next to P. verrucosa (left).  Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora eydouxi.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.P. eydouxi (right) next to P. verrucosa (left).Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora eydouxi.  Fiji.  A large colony in shallow water.  Neville Coleman.

Pocillopora eydouxi.Fiji.A large colony in shallow water.Neville Coleman.

Pocillopora eydouxi.  Kiribati, equatorial western Pacific.  P. eydouxi (right) with P. zelli (left) showing differences in the appearance of verrucae.  Len Zell.

Pocillopora eydouxi.Kiribati, equatorial western Pacific.P. eydouxi (right) with P. zelli (left) showing differences in the appearance of verrucae.Len Zell.

Pocillopora eydouxi.  Henderson Island, central Pacific.  Showing branches.

Pocillopora eydouxi.Henderson Island, central Pacific.Showing branches.

Pocillopora eydouxi.  Henderson Island, central Pacific.  Showing colony surface.

Pocillopora eydouxi.Henderson Island, central Pacific.Showing colony surface.

Pocillopora eydouxi.  Costa Rica, Pacific coast.  Showing branches.

Pocillopora eydouxi.Costa Rica, Pacific coast.Showing branches.

Pocillopora eydouxi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Pocillopora eydouxi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branches.

Pocillopora eydouxi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing verrucae.

Pocillopora eydouxi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing verrucae.

Pocillopora eydouxi.  Hawaii.  Showing whole colony.

Pocillopora eydouxi.Hawaii.Showing whole colony.