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Acropora palmerae

Wells, 1954

Colonies are encrusting with or without short, irregularly shaped branches. Colonies seldom exceed one metre across. Axial corallites, if formed, are conspicuous. Radial corallites are mostly rasp-like but are of variable size and face different directions.

Colour: Greenish- or pinkish-brown.

Habitat: Reef flats exposed to strong wave action and lagoons.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora pinguis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Veron and Wallace (1984), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora palmerae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Solid plate.  Neville Coleman.

Acropora palmerae.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Solid plate.Neville Coleman.

Acropora palmerae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Branches are small if they develop.  David Fisk.

Acropora palmerae.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Branches are small if they develop.David Fisk.

Acropora palmerae.  Maldive Islands, Indian Ocean.  Surface detail.  Neville Coleman.

Acropora palmerae.Maldive Islands, Indian Ocean.Surface detail.Neville Coleman.

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

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

Acropora palmerae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing encrusting growth.

Acropora palmerae.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing encrusting growth.

Acropora palmerae.  Coastal central eastern Australia.  Showing branch on encrusting base.

Acropora palmerae.Coastal central eastern Australia.Showing branch on encrusting base.

Acropora palmerae.  Coastal central eastern Australia.  Showing branching colony.

Acropora palmerae.Coastal central eastern Australia.Showing branching colony.

Acropora palmerae.  Coastal central eastern Australia.  Showing branch end.

Acropora palmerae.Coastal central eastern Australia.Showing branch end.

Acropora palmerae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing axial corallite.

Acropora palmerae.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing axial corallite.

Acropora palmerae.  Marshall Islands, equatorial western Pacific.  No text reqd.

Acropora palmerae.Marshall Islands, equatorial western Pacific.No text reqd.