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Pocillopora fungiformis

Veron, 2000

Colonies are up to 2 metres across and are primarily encrusting. Large colonies have upright or inclined bifurcating branches up to 0.2 metres long. They mostly have flattened ends. Verrucae are irregular. On inclined branches these are better developed on upper surfaces. Branches are tall and upright, almost cylindrical in section, becoming flattened towards the tip. Verrucae are elongate but have irregular sizes and are irregularly distributed on branches. Corallites are closely compacted and cellular, with one septum more developed than the others.

Colour: Greenish-brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments exposed to strong wave action.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Pocillopora effusus , Pocillopora woodjonesi

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pocillopora fungiformis.  Madagascar.  Colonies are usually encrusting but have widely spaced branches.  Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora fungiformis.Madagascar.Colonies are usually encrusting but have widely spaced branches.Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora fungiformis.  Madagascar.  Surface detail of an encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora fungiformis.Madagascar.Surface detail of an encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora fungiformis.  Madagascar.  Surface detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora fungiformis.Madagascar.Surface detail of branches.Charlie Veron.

Pocillopora fungiformis.  Madagascar.  Showing colony surface.

Pocillopora fungiformis.Madagascar.Showing colony surface.

Pocillopora fungiformis.  Madagascar.  Showing branch end.

Pocillopora fungiformis.Madagascar.Showing branch end.

Pocillopora fungiformis.  Madagascar.  Showing verrucae.

Pocillopora fungiformis.Madagascar.Showing verrucae.

Pocillopora fungiformis.  Madagascar.  Showing corallite detail.

Pocillopora fungiformis.Madagascar.Showing corallite detail.

Pocillopora fungiformis.  Madagascar.  Showing branches.

Pocillopora fungiformis.Madagascar.Showing branches.