Characters: Colonies may be over one metre across and are composed of irregular, mostly prostrate branches that tend to form a three dimensional tangle. Verrucae are widely spaced and irregular in size, although they remain distinct from branches. Colour: Usually cream, brown or pink. Similar species: Pocillopora verrucosa, which has more compact branches and less irregular verrucae. See also P. damicornis. Habitat: Partly protected reef slopes. Abundance: Usually uncommon