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Acropora brueggemanni

(Brook, 1893)

Colonies are prostrate or irregularly branched. Branches taper towards their ends. There may be one or more axial corallites which are almost immersed. Radial corallites are smooth and rounded. The coenosteum is smooth and composed of fine spinules with elaborated tips.

Colour: Pale or dark brown with pale corallites.

Habitat: Shallow water, especially exposed upper reef slopes and sand flats.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Acropora cylindrica , Acropora hemprichii , Acropora schmitti , Acropora togianensis

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. 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 brueggemanni.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Thicket.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora brueggemanni.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Thicket.Charlie Veron.

Acropora brueggemanni.  Philippines.  Open branched colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora brueggemanni.Philippines.Open branched colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora brueggemanni.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Branch surface.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora brueggemanni.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Branch surface.Charlie Veron.

Acropora brueggemanni.  Indonesia.  Extensive thicket.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora brueggemanni.Indonesia.Extensive thicket.Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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