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Acropora solitaryensis

Veron and Wallace, 1984

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.

Colour: Dark brown or green.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments and rocky foreshores in subtropical locations.

Abundance: Common at subtropical locations, rare elsewhere.

Similar species: Acropora branchi , Acropora irregularis , Acropora natalensis , Acropora stoddarti

Taxonomic note: 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).

Map 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.

Acropora solitaryensis.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Dissected plates in shallow water exposed to strong wave action.Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Mainland Japan.  Near solid tiered plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.Mainland Japan.Near solid tiered plates.Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  Surface detail of a plate.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.Surface detail of a plate.Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Variation in structure and colour of plate margins.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Variation in structure and colour of plate margins.Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Variation in structure and colour of plate margins.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Variation in structure and colour of plate margins.Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  Variation in structure and colour of plate margins.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.Variation in structure and colour of plate margins.Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Plate margin with tentacles extended.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Plate margin with tentacles extended.Charlie Veron.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora solitaryensis.Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.Showing branch tip.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Coastal central eastern Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Acropora solitaryensis.Coastal central eastern Australia.Showing plate formation.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora solitaryensis.Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

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

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

Acropora solitaryensis.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  Showing highly fused plate.

Acropora solitaryensis.Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.Showing highly fused plate.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  Showing skeletal detail.

Acropora solitaryensis.Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.Showing skeletal detail.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Acropora solitaryensis.Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.Showing plate formation.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora solitaryensis.Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.Showing branch tip.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora solitaryensis.Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora solitaryensis.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora solitaryensis.Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.Showing radial corallites.