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Acropora verweyi

Veron and Wallace, 1984

Colonies form encrusting plates with short branches, or are cushion-shaped, or form extensive corymbose bushes. Branches are 7-9 millimetres thick, do not taper and have short branchlets towards their bases. Axial corallites are prominent, radial corallites are rounded, tubular and appressed, and arranged in rows.

Colour: Almost always a uniform creamy-brown with yellow axial corallites.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes, especially those exposed to wave action or currents.

Abundance: Common, especially in the western Indian Ocean.

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 verweyi.  Tanzania.  Large colony of compact branchlets.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.Tanzania.Large colony of compact branchlets.Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.  Tanzania.  A thicket in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.Tanzania.A thicket in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A nearly digitate colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A nearly digitate colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.  Tanzania.  Branching in a colony exposed to moderate wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.Tanzania.Branching in a colony exposed to moderate wave action.Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.  Seychelle Islands.  Colony exposed to strong wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.Seychelle Islands.Colony exposed to strong wave action.Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.  Tanzania.  An encrusting subtidal colony exposed to strong wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.Tanzania.An encrusting subtidal colony exposed to strong wave action.Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora verweyi.  Tonga, south-west Pacific.  Corallite detail.  Gustav Paulay.

Acropora verweyi.Tonga, south-west Pacific.Corallite detail.Gustav Paulay.

Acropora verweyi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora verweyi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branch tips.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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