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Acropora kirstyae

Veron and Wallace, 1984

Colonies are caespitose thickets, composed of masses of fine branches with frequent sub-branches and incipient axial corallites. Radial corallites are tubular and appressed, except near branch tips and irregular in size and shape. They may have flaring lips near branch tips.

Colour: Commonly pale orange-brown. Branch tips are usually white.

Habitat: Shallow water protected from wave action.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora exquisita

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 kirstyae.  Philippines.  Open branched colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora kirstyae.Philippines.Open branched colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora kirstyae.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Well developed thicket on a sheltered reef slope.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora kirstyae.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Well developed thicket on a sheltered reef slope.Charlie Veron.

Acropora kirstyae.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora kirstyae.Philippines.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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