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Acropora clathrata

(Brook, 1891)

Colonies are tables, usually side-attached, with generally horizontal radiating anastomosing branches which may form an almost solid plate. There is usually no development of vertical branchlets. Radial corallites are immersed to tubular, with nariform openings.

Colour: Brown, grey or green, often with pale margins.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes, back reef margins and fringing reefs.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Acropora downingi , Acropora plumosa , Acropora tutuilensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora clathrata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Almost solid plates of fused radiating branches are common.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Acropora clathrata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Almost solid plates of fused radiating branches are common. Mary Stafford-Smith.

Acropora clathrata.  Tanzania.  Solid plate .  Charlie Veron.

Acropora clathrata. Tanzania. Solid plate . Charlie Veron.

Acropora clathrata.  Seychelle Islands.  Forming plates of open interlocking branches (centre) with A. lamarcki in the foreground.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora clathrata. Seychelle Islands. Forming plates of open interlocking branches (centre) with A. lamarcki in the foreground. Charlie Veron.

Acropora clathrata.  Tanzania.  Irregularly dissected plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora clathrata. Tanzania. Irregularly dissected plates. Charlie Veron.

Acropora clathrata.  Indonesia.  Near solid  plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora clathrata. Indonesia. Near solid plates. Charlie Veron.

Acropora clathrata.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  Branch detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora clathrata. Ashmore Reef, western Australia. Branch detail. Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acropora clathrata.  South Africa.  Showing whole colony.

Acropora clathrata. South Africa. Showing whole colony.