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Astreopora gracilis

Bernard, 1896

Colonies are hemispherical. Corallites are immersed to conical or tubular, usually face different directions and are of mixed sizes, giving a chaotic appearance. The coenosteum is covered with papillae that are inclined on the surface.

Colour: Pale cream, green or brown.

Habitat: A wide range of environments, especially in shallow turbid water.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Astreopora myriophthalma

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Lamberts (1982), Veron and Wallace (1984). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Astreopora gracilis.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Showing the highly irregular orientation of corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Astreopora gracilis.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Showing the highly irregular orientation of corallites.Charlie Veron.

Astreopora gracilis.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing the highly irregular orientation of corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Astreopora gracilis.Papua New Guinea.Showing the highly irregular orientation of corallites.Charlie Veron.

Astreopora gracilis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Astreopora gracilis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Astreopora gracilis.  Fiji.  Showing corallites.

Astreopora gracilis.Fiji.Showing corallites.

Astreopora gracilis.  Coral Sea.  Showing corallites.

Astreopora gracilis.Coral Sea.Showing corallites.

Astreopora gracilis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Astreopora gracilis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony shape.

Astreopora gracilis.  Solomon Islands.  No text reqd.

Astreopora gracilis.Solomon Islands.No text reqd.