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Acropora nobilis

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies have large upright cylindrical branches and may form stands more than 5 metres across. Horizontally fused basal branches are only developed in shallow water. Radial corallites are of mixed sizes and shapes and are rasp-like.

Colour: Cream, brown, blue, yellow and green. Individual colonies are uniform in colour except for the branch ends, which are pale.

Habitat: Deep sandy lagoons to upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Veron and Wallace (1984), Wallace and Wolstenholme (1998, as A. intermedia), Wallace (1999, as A. intermedia). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora nobilis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Thickets of long branches.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora nobilis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Thickets of long branches.Ed Lovell.

Acropora nobilis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Intertidal reef flat.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora nobilis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Intertidal reef flat.Ed Lovell.

Acropora nobilis.  Philippines.  Branch ends.  Doug Fenner.

Acropora nobilis.Philippines.Branch ends.Doug Fenner.

Acropora nobilis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Branch tip with corallites of mixed sizes.  Valerie Taylor.

Acropora nobilis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Branch tip with corallites of mixed sizes.Valerie Taylor.

Acropora nobilis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Upper reef slope.  Neville Coleman.

Acropora nobilis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Upper reef slope.Neville Coleman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acropora nobilis.  Coastal central eastern Australia.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora nobilis.Coastal central eastern Australia.Showing radial corallites.

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

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

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

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

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

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