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Acropora tortuosa

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies consist of prostrate, tapered branches which have many branchlets and incipient axial corallites. Corallites are immersed to long and tubular, giving branches a rough, irregular appearance. Tentacles are not extended during the day.

Colour: Deep blue (which may photograph mauve) or brown.

Habitat: Lagoons.

Abundance: Common at Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs of south-east Australia, rare elsewhere.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora tortuosa.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Forming a thicket.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora tortuosa. Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia. Forming a thicket. Ed Lovell.

Acropora tortuosa.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Corallite detail.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora tortuosa. Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia. Corallite detail. Ed Lovell.

Acropora tortuosa.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora tortuosa. Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia. Showing radial corallites.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acropora tortuosa.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora tortuosa. Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia. Showing characteristic branching pattern.

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

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

Acropora tortuosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing compact branching.

Acropora tortuosa. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing compact branching.