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Pocillopora zelli

Veron, 2000

Colonies form hemispherical mounds or are openly branched. Branches are tall and upright, almost cylindrical in section, becoming flattened towards the tip. Verrucae are widely spaced, short and uniform. Outer branches of colonies may be fused.

Colour: Brown with white branch tips.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments and rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Pocillopora capitata , Pocillopora verrucosa

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pocillopora zelli.  Kiribati, equatorial western Pacific.  This unusual outcrop has colonies with curtains of fused outer branches. When colonies are compacted together, the curtains have a cellular appearance.  Len Zell.

Pocillopora zelli.Kiribati, equatorial western Pacific.This unusual outcrop has colonies with curtains of fused outer branches. When colonies are compacted together, the curtains have a cellular appearance.Len Zell.

Pocillopora zelli.  Kiribati, equatorial western Pacific.  Colony with a curtain of branches.  Len Zell.

Pocillopora zelli.Kiribati, equatorial western Pacific.Colony with a curtain of branches.Len Zell.

Pocillopora zelli.  null.  P. zelli (left) adjacent to  P. verrucosa (right).  Len Zell.

Pocillopora zelli.null.P. zelli (left) adjacent to P. verrucosa (right).Len Zell.

Pocillopora zelli.  French Polynesia.  Showing branches.

Pocillopora zelli.French Polynesia.Showing branches.

Pocillopora zelli.  French Polynesia.  Showing corallites.

Pocillopora zelli.French Polynesia.Showing corallites.

Pocillopora zelli.  French Polynesia.  Showing colony surface.

Pocillopora zelli.French Polynesia.Showing colony surface.