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Acropora listeri

(Brook, 1893)

Colonies are irregular clumps or corymbose plates with thick branches of highly irregular length and shape. Branches may be tapered (in wave washed habitats), conical, dome-shaped or globular (in less exposed habitats), depending on the degree of formation of axial corallites. One or more axial corallites may occur on branch ends or, commonly, there are no axial corallites. Radial corallites are irregularly immersed to tubular and often have slit-like openings and pointed rims, giving colonies a spiny appearance.

Colour: Cream or brown.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes, especially those exposed to strong wave action.

Abundance: Uncommon.

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 listeri.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Short globular branches when exposed to strong wave action in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora listeri.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Short globular branches when exposed to strong wave action in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Acropora listeri.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Short irregular branches in shallow water.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora listeri.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Short irregular branches in shallow water.Ed Lovell.

Acropora listeri.  Tahiti.  Detail of branch ends showing common slit-like openings of radial corallites.  Gustav Paulay.

Acropora listeri.Tahiti.Detail of branch ends showing common slit-like openings of radial corallites.Gustav Paulay.

Acropora listeri.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Acropora listeri.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Acropora listeri.  Coral Sea.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora listeri.Coral Sea.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora listeri.  Coral Sea.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora listeri.Coral Sea.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora listeri.  Coral Sea.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora listeri.Coral Sea.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora listeri.  Tonga, south-west Pacific.  No text reqd.

Acropora listeri.Tonga, south-west Pacific.No text reqd.

Acropora listeri.  Tonga, south-west Pacific.  No text reqd.

Acropora listeri.Tonga, south-west Pacific.No text reqd.