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Acropora acuminata

(Verrill, 1864)

Colonies are composed of fused horizontal branches, forming small tables. Branchesusually have upturned ends which taper to a point. Corallites on horizontal branches are mostly immersed; those on upright branches are usually of two sizes, the larger being tubular, with sharp edges. Skeletons have a permanent dark colour.

Colour: Usually bright or pale blue or brown.

Habitat: Turbid or clear water on upper or lower reef slopes.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora hoeksemai

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora acuminata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Large colony on a shallow reef flat.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora acuminata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Large colony on a shallow reef flat.Ed Lovell.

Acropora acuminata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Compact branches.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora acuminata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Compact branches.Ed Lovell.

Acropora acuminata.  Coral Sea.  An irregularly branching colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora acuminata.Coral Sea.An irregularly branching colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora acuminata.  Coral Sea.  Surface detail of branches.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora acuminata.Coral Sea.Surface detail of branches.Ed Lovell.

Acropora acuminata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora acuminata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora acuminata.  Coral Sea.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora acuminata.Coral Sea.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora acuminata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora acuminata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branch tip.

Acropora acuminata.  Coral Sea.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora acuminata.Coral Sea.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora acuminata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora acuminata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora acuminata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Acropora acuminata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.

Acropora acuminata.  Kiribati, equatorial western Pacific.  No text reqd.

Acropora acuminata.Kiribati, equatorial western Pacific.No text reqd.