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Acropora sarmentosa

(Brook, 1892)

Colonies have prostrate main branches with bottlebrush-like secondary branching producing lobed or cushion-like colonies. Axial corallites are large and rounded. Radial corallites are short, with thick walls.

Colour: Dull greenish-grey or brown with pale brown or orange branch tips.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: 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 sarmentosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Compact clump.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Acropora sarmentosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Compact clump.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Acropora sarmentosa.  Papua New Guinea.  Branch tips.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora sarmentosa.Papua New Guinea.Branch tips.Charlie Veron.

Acropora sarmentosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Valerie Taylor.

Acropora sarmentosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Valerie Taylor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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