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Acropora cuneata

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are solid plates or short flattened branches, usually without axial corallites. Multiple axial corallites, if present, are on branch margins. Corallites are smooth, rounded and not very exsert. The coenosteum is composed of fine spinules with elaborated tips.

Colour: Pale cream or brown.

Habitat: Occurs in all reef environments, especially upper reef slopes and reef flats.

Abundance: Common, but less so than

Similar species: Acropora crateriformis

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 cuneata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Flat plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cuneata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Flat plates.Charlie Veron.

Acropora cuneata.  Guam.  Irregular branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cuneata.Guam.Irregular branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora cuneata.  null.  Surface of a plate.  null.

Acropora cuneata.null.Surface of a plate.null.

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

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

Acropora cuneata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing skeletal differences between adjacent colonies of A. cuneata (left) and A. palifera (right)..

Acropora cuneata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing skeletal differences between adjacent colonies of A. cuneata (left) and A. palifera (right)..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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