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Acropora donei

Veron and Wallace, 1984

Colonies are table-like, up to 2 metres across, and consist of masses of fused horizontal branches. Peripheral branches are all horizontal; those towards the colony centre have upturned ends. All branches have blunt ends and are neatly arranged. Radial corallites are usually in two sizes, the larger of which have flaring lips. The coenosteum is coarse, giving a rough appearance to branches.

Colour: Green, white, cream, rarely pale brown.

Habitat: Restricted to shallow fringing reefs and upper reef slopes where Acropora diversity is high.

Abundance: Uncommon but distinctive.

Similar species:

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora donei.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Table-like colony.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora donei.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Table-like colony.Ed Lovell.

Acropora donei.  Papua New Guinea.  Side of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora donei.Papua New Guinea.Side of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora donei.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Detail of branches.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora donei.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Detail of branches.Ed Lovell.

Acropora donei.  Philippines.  Detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora donei.Philippines.Detail of branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora donei.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora donei.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

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

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

Acropora donei.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora donei.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acropora donei.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora donei.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.