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Acropora chesterfieldensis

Veron and Wallace, 1984

Colonies are digitate clumps, sometimes forming large stands. Branches are not tapered and divide irregularly. All corallites are rounded, with thick walls. Axial and incipient axial corallites are large and dome-shaped. Radial corallites are short and appressed.

Colour: Cream or yellow.

Habitat: Reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Common on the Chesterfield Reefs and Norfolk Island, rare elsewhere.

Similar species: Acropora arabensis , Acropora ocellata

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora chesterfieldensis.  Coral Sea.  Large thicket in a lagoon.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora chesterfieldensis. Coral Sea. Large thicket in a lagoon. Charlie Veron.

Acropora chesterfieldensis.  Coral Sea.  Corymbose colony.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora chesterfieldensis. Coral Sea. Corymbose colony. Ed Lovell.

Acropora chesterfieldensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Side view of branchlets.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora chesterfieldensis. Norfolk Island, Coral Sea. Side view of branchlets. Charlie Veron.

Acropora chesterfieldensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Axial corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora chesterfieldensis. Norfolk Island, Coral Sea. Axial corallites. Charlie Veron.

Acropora chesterfieldensis.  Coral Sea.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora chesterfieldensis. Coral Sea. Showing branch tip.

Acropora chesterfieldensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora chesterfieldensis. Norfolk Island, Coral Sea. Showing branching pattern.

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

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

Acropora chesterfieldensis.  Coral Sea.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora chesterfieldensis. Coral Sea. Showing branching pattern.

Acropora chesterfieldensis.  Coral Sea.  Showing plate formation.

Acropora chesterfieldensis. Coral Sea. Showing plate formation.