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Acropora microphthalma

(Verrill, 1859)

Colonies frequently exceed 2 metres across and may form extensive single species stands. They are arborescent and small, usually forming thickets. Branches are slender and straight. Sub-branches may occur at irregular intervals. Radial corallites are small, numerous, and of similar size.

Colour: Usually pale grey, sometimes pale brown or cream.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes, also turbid water and sandy lagoons.

Abundance: Common and may be a dominant species in shallow water.

Similar species: Acropora copiosa , Acropora exquisita , Acropora parilis

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 microphthalma.  Tanzania.  Extensive monospecific stand.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora microphthalma.Tanzania.Extensive monospecific stand.Charlie Veron.

Acropora microphthalma.  Palau.  Open branched colony.  Gustav Paulay.

Acropora microphthalma.Palau.Open branched colony.Gustav Paulay.

Acropora microphthalma.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Subtropical colonies are distinctive.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora microphthalma.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Subtropical colonies are distinctive.Charlie Veron.

Acropora microphthalma.  Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.  Branch tips.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora microphthalma.Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.Branch tips.Charlie Veron.

Acropora microphthalma.  Papua New Guinea.  Large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora microphthalma.Papua New Guinea.Large colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora microphthalma.  Indonesia.  Small open branched colony in a lagoon.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora microphthalma.Indonesia.Small open branched colony in a lagoon.Charlie Veron.

Acropora microphthalma.  Solomon Islands.  Branch detail.  Neville Coleman.

Acropora microphthalma.Solomon Islands.Branch detail.Neville Coleman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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