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Family Pocilloporidae

Cauliflower, Lace, & Antler Corals

These coral have rough, solid skeletons pitted by tiny calices.  They inhabit areas exposed to surf, surge, or current.   Colony shape varies considerably according to physical factors and can be difficult to identify in some situations.  Unlike other coral families the calices of most Pocillopora are identical.  The Cauliflower coral group is taxonomically confused and in need of review.

All coral skeletons illustrated are from scientific collections taken prior to 1998.

 

HAWAII

Pocillopora damicornis

LACE CORAL

 

Pocillopora meandrina

CAULIFLOWER CORAL

 

 

Pocillopora eydouxi

ANTLER CORAL

 

Pocillopora ligulata 

HAWAIIAN CAULIFLOWER CORAL

 

Pocillopora molokensis  endemic.gif (1686 bytes)

MOLOKA'I CAULIFLOWER CORAL

 

 

Pocillopora verrucosa

WARTY CAULIFLOWER CORAL

 


INDO-PACIFIC

Pocillopora elegans

ELEGANT CAULIFLOWER CORAL

 

Stylophora pistillata

PESTLE STYLOPHORA

 

Seriatopora guttatus

DOTTED SERIATOPORA

 


TROPICAL EASTERN PACIFIC

Pocillopora capitata

SWOLLEN CAULIFLOWER CORAL