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Acropora wallaceae

Veron, 1990

Colonies usually have tall open branches which do not fuse. Upright branches have many nearly perpendicular sub-branches which have a third and sometimes a fourth generation of smaller branches. The size of sub-branches decreases in sequence from the base to the tips of main branches. Axial corallites are large and dome-shaped. Radial corallites are mostly immersed on lower branches, becoming uniform and tubular on upper branches.

Colour: Brown or cream, sometimes with yellowish radial corallites.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora florida

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (1990a). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora wallaceae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Characteristic branching pattern.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora wallaceae.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Characteristic branching pattern.Charlie Veron.

Acropora wallaceae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Compact thicket.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora wallaceae.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Compact thicket.Charlie Veron.

Acropora wallaceae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Small colony exposed to strong wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora wallaceae.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Small colony exposed to strong wave action.Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acropora wallaceae.  Coral Sea.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora wallaceae.Coral Sea.Showing characteristic branching pattern.