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Acropora microclados

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are corymbose plates up to approximately one metre across, with short, uniform, evenly spaced, tapered branchlets up to 10 millimetres thick at the base. Axial corallites are tubular and conspicuous. Incipient axial corallites are common. Radial corallites are irregular, mostly tubular and appressed, with sharp edged nariform openings.

Colour: Usually a distinctive pale pinkish-brown, but is occasionally other colours. Pale grey tentacles are often extended during the day.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora lamarcki , Acropora macrostoma , Acropora massawensis

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora microclados.  Papua New Guinea.  Forming a plate around Symphyllia recta.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora microclados. Papua New Guinea. Forming a plate around Symphyllia recta. Charlie Veron.

Acropora microclados.  Papua New Guinea.  Small colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora microclados. Papua New Guinea. Small colony. Charlie Veron.

Acropora microclados.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing tapered branchlets.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora microclados. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing tapered branchlets. Ed Lovell.

Acropora microclados.  Fiji.  Corallite detail.  Neville Coleman.

Acropora microclados. Fiji. Corallite detail. Neville Coleman.

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

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

Acropora microclados.  Coral Sea.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora microclados. Coral Sea. Showing characteristic branching pattern.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acropora microclados.  Coral Sea.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora microclados. Coral Sea. Showing radial corallites.