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Pocillopora meandrina

Dana, 1846

Colonies are small upright bushes. Branches radiate from the initial point of growth. They are flattened, those in shallow water being curved when viewed from above. Verrucae are neat and uniform.

Colour: Usually cream, green or pink.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common on exposed reef fronts, uncommon elsewhere.

Similar species: Pocillopora kelleheri

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Vaughan (1907), Veron and Pichon (1982), Dai (1989). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pocillopora meandrina.  Niue, central Pacific.  P. meandrina with compacted branches surrounding P. verrucosa (centre) on a wave hammered reef.  Gustav Paulay.

Pocillopora meandrina.Niue, central Pacific.P. meandrina with compacted branches surrounding P. verrucosa (centre) on a wave hammered reef.Gustav Paulay.

Pocillopora meandrina.  Papua New Guinea.  P. verrucosa (left) with P. meandrina (right) on a reef front.  Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora meandrina.Papua New Guinea.P. verrucosa (left) with P. meandrina (right) on a reef front.Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora meandrina.  Papua New Guinea.  Common colony shape on an upper reef slope.  Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora meandrina.Papua New Guinea.Common colony shape on an upper reef slope.Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora meandrina.  Hawaii.  Surface detail.  Doug Fenner.

Pocillopora meandrina.Hawaii.Surface detail.Doug Fenner.

Pocillopora meandrina.  Philippines.  P. meandrina (left) with P. eydouxi (right).  Doug Fenner.

Pocillopora meandrina.Philippines.P. meandrina (left) with P. eydouxi (right).Doug Fenner.

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

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

Pocillopora meandrina.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Pocillopora meandrina.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing whole colony.

Pocillopora meandrina.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Pocillopora meandrina.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing whole colony.

Pocillopora meandrina.  Hawaii.  Showing verrucae.

Pocillopora meandrina.Hawaii.Showing verrucae.

Pocillopora meandrina.  Hawaii.  Showing whole colony.

Pocillopora meandrina.Hawaii.Showing whole colony.

Pocillopora meandrina.  Hawaii.  Showing whole colony.

Pocillopora meandrina.Hawaii.Showing whole colony.