Pocillopora damicornis

Pocillopora damicornis (3) brown-green coral colony Reefscapers Maldives

Coral Description

Taxonomy:

Kingdom: Animalia >> Phylum: Cnidaria >> Class: Anthozoa >> Order: Scleractinia >> Family: Pocilloporidae

Appearance:

  • Colonies form compact clumps
  • Difference between branches and verrucae is indistinguishable
  • Compact and thick branches in strong wave action
  • Colonies more thin and open in sheltered environments

Colony size: Can be several metres across

Colour: Usually brown, pink or greenish

Similar species: Pocillopora danae has distinguishable verrucae and thicker branches

Habitat: A robust species that can be found in a wide range of habitats from exposed shallow reefs to mangroves and wharfs.