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Acropora lovelli

Veron and Wallace, 1984

Colonies usually have compact branches which do not fuse. Upright branches may be tall and have many perpendicular sub-branches. Axial corallites are large and dome-shaped. Radial corallites are immersed on lower branches, becoming appressed to tubular on upper branches.

Colour: Pale brown or blue.

Habitat: Shallow protected lagoons and lagoon entrances.

Abundance: Common on subtropical reefs of south-east Australia where it forms extensive stands, rare elsewhere.

Similar species: Acropora florida

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora lovelli.  Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Dense thicket of branches.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora lovelli.Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.Dense thicket of branches.Ed Lovell.

Acropora lovelli.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Open branched colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora lovelli.Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.Open branched colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora lovelli.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Small compact colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora lovelli.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Small compact colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora lovelli.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Branch ends.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora lovelli.Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.Branch ends.Ed Lovell.

Acropora lovelli.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Branch ends with tentacles extended.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora lovelli.Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.Branch ends with tentacles extended.Ed Lovell.

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

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

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

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

Acropora lovelli.  Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora lovelli.Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora lovelli.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora lovelli.Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

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

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

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

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

Acropora lovelli.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora lovelli.Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.Showing branch tip.