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Acanthastrea bowerbanki

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1851

Colonies are encrusting and usually small. Corallites are cerioid, with irregular angular shapes. A central corallite is usually conspicuous. Septa are compact and columellae are small. Colonies are not fleshy.

Colour: Usually pale grey, brown or rust coloured, often mottled.

Habitat: Lower reef slopes protected from wave action.

Abundance: Rare except in subtropical localities of eastern Australia.

Similar species: Acanthastrea hemprichii , Acanthastrea rotundoflora , Moseleya latistellata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acanthastrea bowerbanki.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Edge of a small colony.  Len Zell.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki. Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia. Edge of a small colony. Len Zell.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Detail of corallites.  Neville Coleman.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki. Norfolk Island, Coral Sea. Detail of corallites. Neville Coleman.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  A small colony with a clearly defined central corallite.  Neville Coleman.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki. Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia. A small colony with a clearly defined central corallite. Neville Coleman.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  No text reqd.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. No text reqd.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Showing central corallite.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki. Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia. Showing central corallite.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Acanthastrea bowerbanki. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.