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Pocillopora capitata

Verrill, 1864

Colonies form irregular mounds or are openly branched. Branches are tall and upright, almost cylindrical in section, becoming flattened towards the tip. Verrucae are elongate but are of irregular size and are irregularly distributed on branches.

Colour: Brown.

Habitat: Shallow rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Uncommon except in the far eastern Pacific.

Similar species: Pocillopora zelli

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: Affinities between central Indo-Pacific and far eastern Pacific occurrences of this species are unclear. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Verrill?s original description/specimens.

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pocillopora capitata.  Galapagos Islands.  Showing long cylindrical branches with elongate verrucae.  Peter Glynn.

Pocillopora capitata.Galapagos Islands.Showing long cylindrical branches with elongate verrucae.Peter Glynn.

Pocillopora capitata.  Easter Island, south Pacific Ocean.  Showing branch end.

Pocillopora capitata.Easter Island, south Pacific Ocean.Showing branch end.

Pocillopora capitata.  Easter Island, south Pacific Ocean.  Showing branch end.

Pocillopora capitata.Easter Island, south Pacific Ocean.Showing branch end.