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Acropora dendrum

(Bassett-Smith, 1890)

Colonies are usually 0.5-1 metre across and are corymbose plates with widely spaced, tapering branchlets. Axial corallites are small. Radial corallites are immersed or nearly so, giving branchlets a smooth appearance.

Colour: Pale brown or cream.

Habitat: Occurs only on upper reef slopes where Acropora diversity is high.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species:

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 dendrum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Small corymbose colony.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora dendrum.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Small corymbose colony.Ed Lovell.

Acropora dendrum.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Solid plate with short branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora dendrum.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Solid plate with short branches.Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acropora dendrum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing skeletal differences.

Acropora dendrum.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing skeletal differences.

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

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