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Acropora azurea

Veron and Wallace, 1984

Colonies are irregular clumps of fine branchlets arising from a solid base. Radial corallites are appressed, with small nariform rounded openings.

Colour: Uniform sky-blue (which may photograph pink), cream or brown.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes exposed to strong wave action.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Wallace and Dai (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora azurea.  Taiwan.  Branchlet ends.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora azurea.Taiwan.Branchlet ends.Charlie Veron.

Acropora azurea.  Taiwan.  Branchlets are thin, with elongate appressed radial corallites with small nariform openings.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora azurea.Taiwan.Branchlets are thin, with elongate appressed radial corallites with small nariform openings.Charlie Veron.

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

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

Acropora azurea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora azurea.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

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

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

Acropora azurea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Acropora azurea.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branches.

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

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