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Acropora glauca

(Brook, 1893)

Colonies consist of flat, highly fused, basal branches with irregular upright branchlets. The entire colony is sometimes a single solid plate and sometimes upward branchlets are not developed. Axial corallites are indistinct from radial corallites. Radial corallites have wide openings and thick lips.

Colour: Brown, cream or green.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores of subtropical locations.

Abundance: Common in subtropical locations, rare elsewhere.

Similar species: Acropora arabensis , Acropora branchi , Acropora orbicularis , Acropora retusa

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 glauca.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Tiered solid plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Tiered solid plates.Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Single large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Single large colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Plate with well developed branchlets.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.Plate with well developed branchlets.Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Variation in plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Variation in plates.Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Variation in plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Variation in plates.Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.  Madagascar.  Branchlets at a plate margin.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora glauca.Madagascar.Branchlets at a plate margin.Charlie Veron.

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

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

Acropora glauca.  Coral Sea.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora glauca.Coral Sea.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora glauca.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Acropora glauca.Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.Showing plate formation.

Acropora glauca.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora glauca.Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.Showing branch tip.

Acropora glauca.  Coastal western Australia.  No text reqd.

Acropora glauca.Coastal western Australia.No text reqd.

Acropora glauca.  Coastal western Australia.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora glauca.Coastal western Australia.Showing branching pattern.