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Acropora latistella

(Brook, 1891)

Colonies form corymbose plates or clumps. Branchlets are thin and delicate, straight or uniformly curved. Axial corallites are usually distinctive. Radial corallites have a rosette arrangement, are usually in rows and are appressed with rounded openings. Tentacles are usually extended during the day.

Colour: Uniform pale cream, grey or brown, sometimes green or purple. Branch ends are sometimes yellow.

Habitat: A wide range of environments, especially shallow turbid water.

Abundance: Common except in the central and western Indian Ocean where it is only known from a few records.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Veron and Hodgson (1989), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora latistella.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Large plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora latistella.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Large plates.Charlie Veron.

Acropora latistella.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Compact colony in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora latistella.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Compact colony in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Acropora latistella.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Variation in surface appearance.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora latistella.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Variation in surface appearance.Charlie Veron.

Acropora latistella.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Variation in surface appearance.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora latistella.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Variation in surface appearance.Ed Lovell.

Acropora latistella.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora latistella.Philippines.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora latistella.  Philippines.  Large plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora latistella.Philippines.Large plates.Charlie Veron.

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

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

Acropora latistella.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing clump formation.

Acropora latistella.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing clump formation.

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

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

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

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

Acropora latistella.  Coral Sea.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora latistella.Coral Sea.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora latistella.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing skeletal detail.

Acropora latistella.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing skeletal detail.

Acropora latistella.  Philippines.  No text reqd.

Acropora latistella.Philippines.No text reqd.