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Acropora selago

(Studer, 1878)

Colonies are corymbose clumps, cushion-shaped or prostrate, depending on the length of branchlets. Branchlets are thin and delicate. Axial corallites are long and tubular. Radial corallites are scale-like, lightly structured and do not form a rosette.

Colour: Pale cream, brown, blue or pink. Tentacles are frequently extended during the day.

Habitat: A wide variety of environments from exposed upper reef slopes to turbid lagoons.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Acropora insignis

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 selago.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Variation in branchlet shape.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora selago. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Variation in branchlet shape. Charlie Veron.

Acropora selago.  Papua New Guinea.  Variation in branchlet shape.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora selago. Papua New Guinea. Variation in branchlet shape. Charlie Veron.

Acropora selago.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora selago. Philippines. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Acropora selago.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora selago. Philippines. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Acropora selago.  Indonesia.  Corymbose plate.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora selago. Indonesia. Corymbose plate. Charlie Veron.

Acropora selago.  Philippines.  Variation in branchlet shape.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora selago. Philippines. Variation in branchlet shape. Charlie Veron.

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

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

Acropora selago.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora selago. Southern Red Sea. Showing radial corallites.

Acropora selago.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora selago. Southern Red Sea. Showing branch tips.

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

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

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

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

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

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