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Acropora loripes

(Brook, 1892)

Colonies have many shapes varying from upright bushes to thick plates. There is a continuous range of shape and size between axial and radial corallites; both may be tubular to nearly spherical, with very thick walls. Tubular axial corallites often have no radial corallites on one side and pocket-like radial corallites on the other. All corallites are smooth and rounded.

Colour: Usually pale blue or brown. Axial corallites are usually whitish.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes but occurs in a wide range of environments.

Abundance: Common in the central Indo-Pacific.

Similar species: Acropora appressa , Acropora maryae , Acropora rosaria

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. 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 loripes.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A side-attached plate.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora loripes.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A side-attached plate.Charlie Veron.

Acropora loripes.  Papua New Guinea.  Small colony exposed to wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora loripes.Papua New Guinea.Small colony exposed to wave action.Charlie Veron.

Acropora loripes.  Philippines.  Showing fusion of basal branches in a colony in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora loripes.Philippines.Showing fusion of basal branches in a colony in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Acropora loripes.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing axial corallites devoid of radial corallites on one side.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora loripes.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing axial corallites devoid of radial corallites on one side.Ed Lovell.

Acropora loripes.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora loripes.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.null.Charlie Veron.

Acropora loripes.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora loripes.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Ed Lovell.

Acropora loripes.  Indonesia.  Surface of a colony on an upper reef slope.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora loripes.Indonesia.Surface of a colony on an upper reef slope.Charlie Veron.

Acropora loripes.  Papua New Guinea.  Colony exposed to wave action forming short thick branchlets.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora loripes.Papua New Guinea.Colony exposed to wave action forming short thick branchlets.Charlie Veron.

Acropora loripes.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation in exposed habitat.

Acropora loripes.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation in exposed habitat.

Acropora loripes.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation in sheltered habitat.

Acropora loripes.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation in sheltered habitat.

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

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

Acropora loripes.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Acropora loripes.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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