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Pocillopora effusus

Veron, 2000

Colonies are commonly more than 2 metres across and are composed of prostrate flattened branches which fuse. Verrucae vary greatly in size from one colony to a neighbouring colony.

Colour: Greenish-brown or tan.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments and rocky foreshores exposed to strong wave action.

Abundance: Common at Clipperton Atoll and rocky foreshores of western Mexico.

Similar species: Pocillopora danae , Pocillopora fungiformis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: (Veron 2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pocillopora effusus.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  A typical outcrop on a rock exposed to strong wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora effusus. Far eastern Pacific islands. A typical outcrop on a rock exposed to strong wave action. Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora effusus.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  This species can look like P. meandrina.  Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora effusus. Far eastern Pacific islands. This species can look like P. meandrina. Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora effusus.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  Two intermingled colonies with very different branch and verrucae characteristics. Colonies showing intermediate characters occur together.  Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora effusus. Far eastern Pacific islands. Two intermingled colonies with very different branch and verrucae characteristics. Colonies showing intermediate characters occur together. Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora effusus.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  Showing colony surface.

Pocillopora effusus. Far eastern Pacific islands. Showing colony surface.

Pocillopora effusus.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  Showing colony surface.

Pocillopora effusus. Far eastern Pacific islands. Showing colony surface.

Pocillopora effusus.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  Showing colony surface.

Pocillopora effusus. Far eastern Pacific islands. Showing colony surface.

Pocillopora effusus.  Far eastern Pacific islands.  Showing corallites.

Pocillopora effusus. Far eastern Pacific islands. Showing corallites.