Colonies consist of flat, highly fused, basal branches with irregular upright branchlets. Colonies may be over 2 metres across and can sometimes form a single solid plate. Axial corallites are tubular and distinct. Radial corallites are immersed on older parts of colonies, becoming tubular with nariform openings on peripheral parts.
Dark brown or green.
Shallow reef environments and rocky foreshores in subtropical locations.
Common at subtropical locations, rare elsewhere.
Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Wallace (1984). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora solitaryensis.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Dissected plates in shallow water exposed to strong wave action.Charlie Veron.