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Acropora subglabra

(Brook, 1891)

Colonies form thickets of intertwining bottlebrush branches, usually with only the distal 200 millimetres being alive. Branches divide irregularly and at frequent intervals to give a bushy colony shape. Axial and incipient axial corallites are tubular and tapered. Radial corallites are short and appressed.

Colour: Pale brown, often with yellow branchlet tips.

Habitat: Usually restricted to protected back reefs with clear water and soft substrates.

Abundance: Sometimes 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 subglabra.  Philippines.  Thicket in a protected lagoon.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora subglabra.Philippines.Thicket in a protected lagoon.Charlie Veron.

Acropora subglabra.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora subglabra.Philippines.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora subglabra.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Compact thickets.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora subglabra.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Compact thickets.Charlie Veron.

Acropora subglabra.  Indonesia.  Colony surface.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora subglabra.Indonesia.Colony surface.Charlie Veron.

Acropora subglabra.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Acropora subglabra.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

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

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

Acropora subglabra.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing clump formation.

Acropora subglabra.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing clump formation.

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

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

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

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