Colonies are up to 0.5 metres across, compact with irregularly radiating branches which have flattened ends and truncated tips. Verrucae are widely spaced and irregular.
Shallow water exposed to strong wave action.
Taxonomic note: Affinities between central Indo-Pacific, Hawaiian, and far eastern Pacific occurrences of this species are unclear. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Vaughan (1907). Additional identification guide: Maragos (1977).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pocillopora ligulata.Hawaii.Colony on a shallow reef flat.Doug Fenner.
Pocillopora ligulata.Hawaii.A small colony.Keoki Sender.
Pocillopora ligulata.Hawaii.Branch surface showing the irregular verrucae.Keoki Sender.
Pocillopora ligulata.Hawaii.Branch surface with polyps extended.Keoki Sender.