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Acropora valenciennesi

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1860)

Colonies may be over 2 metres across and composed of fused cylindrical horizontal branches with upturned pointed ends. Colonies usually have a side attachment. Branches are widely spaced, equidistant and uniform in shape. Radial corallites are uniform, tubular, and neatly aligned along branches.

Colour: Mixtures of brown, blue and green with pale branch ends.

Habitat: Upper and lower reef slopes protected from wave action and inter-reef channels.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora valenciennesi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface detail of branches.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Acropora valenciennesi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Surface detail of branches.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Acropora valenciennesi.  Indonesia.  Growth forms.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora valenciennesi.Indonesia.Growth forms.Charlie Veron.

Acropora valenciennesi.  Papua New Guinea.  Growth forms.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora valenciennesi.Papua New Guinea.Growth forms.Charlie Veron.

Acropora valenciennesi.  Papua New Guinea.  Growth forms.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora valenciennesi.Papua New Guinea.Growth forms.Charlie Veron.

Acropora valenciennesi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Under surface showing branch structure.  Roger Steene.

Acropora valenciennesi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Under surface showing branch structure.Roger Steene.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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