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Acropora anthocercis

(Brook, 1893)

Colonies are thick corymbose to encrusting plates. Branchlets are short and thick and may be almost encrusting where colonies are exposed to strong wave action. There are usually several axial or incipient axial corallites per branchlet. Radial corallites are appressed, with thick flaring walls and are arranged in a rosette.

Colour: Colonies are a mixture of colours, blue, mauve, purple and grey being the most common.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes exposed to strong wave action.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Acropora appressa , Acropora desalwii , Acropora parapharaonis

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 anthocercis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Branchlets are thick and often have more then one axial corallite when exposed to strong wave action.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora anthocercis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Branchlets are thick and often have more then one axial corallite when exposed to strong wave action. Ed Lovell.

Acropora anthocercis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  On an upper reef slope.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora anthocercis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. On an upper reef slope. Charlie Veron.

Acropora anthocercis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Sheltered from strong wave action.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora anthocercis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Sheltered from strong wave action. Ed Lovell.

Acropora anthocercis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Margin of a colony in a sheltered environment.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora anthocercis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Margin of a colony in a sheltered environment. Charlie Veron.

Acropora anthocercis.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora anthocercis. Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Acropora anthocercis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora anthocercis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branch tips.

Acropora anthocercis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora anthocercis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branch tips.

Acropora anthocercis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Acropora anthocercis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing plate formation.

Acropora anthocercis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing skeletal detail.

Acropora anthocercis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing skeletal detail.

Acropora anthocercis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing skeletal structures thickened in exposed habitat.

Acropora anthocercis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing skeletal structures thickened in exposed habitat.

Acropora anthocercis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Acropora anthocercis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing plate formation.

Acropora anthocercis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Acropora anthocercis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Acropora anthocercis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora anthocercis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branch tips.