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Acropora millepora

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are corymbose cushions, with short uniform branches. Axial corallites are distinctive; they are tubular in shape. Radial corallites are closely compacted and all the same size. They have prominent lower lips giving a scale-like appearance.

Colour: Commonly green with orange tips, also a distinctive bright salmon pink, pale green or blue (which may photograph purple).

Habitat: Shallow water, usually reef flats, but also lagoons and upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Acropora convexa , Acropora prostrata

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, and as A. spathulata Brook, 1891, in part). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora millepora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corymbose colony with thick tapering branchlets in shallow water.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Acropora millepora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Corymbose colony with thick tapering branchlets in shallow water. Mary Stafford-Smith.

Acropora millepora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Upper reef slope.  Roger Steene.

Acropora millepora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Upper reef slope. Roger Steene.

Acropora millepora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Branches in shallow water.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora millepora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Branches in shallow water. Ed Lovell.

Acropora millepora.  Indonesia.  On protected reef slopes.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora millepora. Indonesia. On protected reef slopes. Charlie Veron.

Acropora millepora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Branch detail exposed to strong wave action.  Neville Coleman.

Acropora millepora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Branch detail exposed to strong wave action. Neville Coleman.

Acropora millepora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Branch detail exposed to strong wave action.  null.

Acropora millepora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Branch detail exposed to strong wave action. null.

Acropora millepora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  On protected reef slopes.  Neville Coleman.

Acropora millepora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. On protected reef slopes. Neville Coleman.

Acropora millepora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora millepora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branch tips.

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

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

Acropora millepora.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora millepora. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branch tips.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acropora millepora.  Coastal central eastern Australia.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora millepora. Coastal central eastern Australia. Showing branch tip.

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

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

Acropora millepora.  South Africa.  Showing whole colony.

Acropora millepora. South Africa. Showing whole colony.