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Acropora nasuta

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are irregularly corymbose with elongate tapering branchlets. Axial corallites are tubular. Radial corallites are usually in neat rows and are distinctively nariform in shape.

Colour: Cream or pale brown with blue branch tips (which may photograph pink), cream with brown corallites or greenish-brown with purple or blue corallites.

Habitat: All Acropora assemblages but especially those of upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

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 nasuta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Small colony in a lagoon.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora nasuta. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Small colony in a lagoon. Charlie Veron.

Acropora nasuta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Side of branches.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Acropora nasuta. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Side of branches. Mary Stafford-Smith.

Acropora nasuta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing side-on and end-on corallite detail of branches.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora nasuta. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing side-on and end-on corallite detail of branches. Ed Lovell.

Acropora nasuta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing side-on and end-on corallite detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora nasuta. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing side-on and end-on corallite detail of branches. Charlie Veron.

Acropora nasuta.  Madagascar.  Small colony exposed to moderate wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora nasuta. Madagascar. Small colony exposed to moderate wave action. Charlie Veron.

Acropora nasuta.  Indonesia.  Branchlets showing radial corallites in rows.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora nasuta. Indonesia. Branchlets showing radial corallites in rows. Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acropora nasuta.  Coral Sea.  Showing skeletal detail.

Acropora nasuta. Coral Sea. Showing skeletal detail.