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Acropora vaughani

Wells, 1954

Colonies are usually open branched, becoming bushy on upper reef slopes and in shallow lagoons. Main branches may have compact branchlets giving colonies a bushy appearance. Incipient axial corallites are abundant. Radial corallites are widely spaced and vary in length. The coenosteum is fine, giving branches a smooth appearance, visible underwater.

Colour: Uniform blue (which may photograph pink), cream or pale brown.

Habitat: Turbid water around fringing reefs.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora rufus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), 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 vaughani.  Papua New Guinea.  Large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora vaughani.Papua New Guinea.Large colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora vaughani.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Forming a thicket.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora vaughani.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Forming a thicket.Charlie Veron.

Acropora vaughani.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A corymbose plate.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora vaughani.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A corymbose plate.Charlie Veron.

Acropora vaughani.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora vaughani.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Detail of branches.Charlie Veron.

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

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

Acropora vaughani.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing branch end.

Acropora vaughani.Southern Red Sea.Showing branch end.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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