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Acropora cytherea

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are wide flat tables which are usually thin and finely structured. May become thick and robust in turbulent environments. Fine upward projecting branchlets have exsert axial corallites. Radial corallites are short, with open calices. Tentacles are frequently extended during the day.

Colour: Uniform pale cream, brown or blue.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Common but conspicuous.

Similar species: Acropora bifurcata , Acropora plana

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 cytherea.  Tanzania.  Plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea. Tanzania. Plates. Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea.  Philippines.  Plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea. Philippines. Plates. Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Variation in plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Variation in plates. Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Variation in plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Variation in plates. Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  Variation in plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea. Ashmore Reef, western Australia. Variation in plates. Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea.  Philippines.  Variation in axial corallites and irregular radial corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea. Philippines. Variation in axial corallites and irregular radial corallites. Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea.  Philippines.  Variation in axial corallites and irregular radial corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea. Philippines. Variation in axial corallites and irregular radial corallites. Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea.  Indonesia.  Variation in plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cytherea. Indonesia. Variation in plates. Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acropora cytherea.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora cytherea. Southern Red Sea. Showing branch tips.