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Pocillopora elegans

Dana, 1846

Colonies are usually compact clumps composed of uniform, thick, primarily upright branches with flattened ends. Verrucae are uniform, rounded and smooth.

Colour: Cream, brown-green or pink.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Locally common in some regions of the central Indo-Pacific and the far eastern Pacific.

Similar species: Pocillopora capitata , Pocillopora eydouxi , Pocillopora verrucosa

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: Vaughan (1918). Additional identification guide: Randall and Myers (1983).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pocillopora elegans.  Philippines.  A small compact colony.  Doug Fenner.

Pocillopora elegans.Philippines.A small compact colony.Doug Fenner.

Pocillopora elegans.  null.  P. elegans (cream, centre and right) with P. verrucosa ( pink, left).  Len Zell.

Pocillopora elegans.null.P. elegans (cream, centre and right) with P. verrucosa ( pink, left).Len Zell.

Pocillopora elegans.  Gulf of California.  Detail of a far eastern Pacific colony.  Dan Gotshall.

Pocillopora elegans.Gulf of California.Detail of a far eastern Pacific colony.Dan Gotshall.

Pocillopora elegans.  Gulf of California.  A far eastern Pacific colony with smooth verrucae.  Dan Gotshall.

Pocillopora elegans.Gulf of California.A far eastern Pacific colony with smooth verrucae.Dan Gotshall.

Pocillopora elegans.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony adjacent to P. verrucosa (left).

Pocillopora elegans.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony adjacent to P. verrucosa (left).