831 species

Pocillopora aliciae

Schmidt-Roach, Miller and Andreakis, 2013


Lamarck, 1816

Characters: Colonies have robust flattened sprawling branches with rounded ends and no distinct verrucae. Corallites are round, crowded, with thin walls, weakly developed septa and little or no columella development.

Colour: Dark brown-green.

Similar Species: Pocillopora damicornis has finer, more pointed branches with branchlets intergrading with verrucae.

Habitat: Non-reef rock substrates exposed to strong wave action.

Abundance: Common.

Taxonomic Note: See discussion in 'Overview of coral taxonomy'.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: New species. Described in 2012