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Family Pocilloporidae

HAWAII

Pocillopora ligulata 

Kure Atoll, 5 feet

 

Pitt Stop, Midway Atoll, 40 feet

Hau'ula, Oahu, 15 feet

 

Punalu'u, Oahu, 4 feet

Kure Atoll, 50 feet

 

Bleached, Pearl & Hermes Reef, 40 feet

P. meandrina (L) & P. ligulata (R)

Manana Island, Oahu, 30 feet

 

HAWAIIAN CAULIFLOWER CORAL

Uncommon on shallow reefs.  Irregular, angular branches with flaring tips, verrucae arranged loosely, giving a prickly appearance.  Easily confused with P. meandrina.  Endemic to Hawai'i.