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Australomussa rowleyensis

Veron, 1985

Colonies are flattened, helmet- or dome-shaped. Corallites are subcerioid or have short, shallow valleys 8-20 millimetres wide, separated by thick walls. Tissue over the septa is usually distinct in colour and/or texture from tissue over the costae. Septa and costae are sturdy, with large blunt teeth.

Colour: In north-west Australia, colonies are a uniform blue-grey or valleys may have concentric cream and green colours. In south-east Asia colonies have a much wider range of colours including bright red, yellow and green.

Habitat: Lower reef slopes protected from wave action.

Abundance: Sometimes locally common.

Similar species: Acropora listeri

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (1985). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Australomussa rowleyensis.  Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.  A large dome-shaped colony.  Ed Lovell.

Australomussa rowleyensis.Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.A large dome-shaped colony.Ed Lovell.

Australomussa rowleyensis.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  The edge of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Australomussa rowleyensis.Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.The edge of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Australomussa rowleyensis.  Mergui Archipelago, north-western Indian Ocean.  An encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Australomussa rowleyensis.Mergui Archipelago, north-western Indian Ocean.An encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Australomussa rowleyensis.  Solomon Islands.  Typical appearance of a small colony.  Jim Maragos.

Australomussa rowleyensis.Solomon Islands.Typical appearance of a small colony.Jim Maragos.

Australomussa rowleyensis.  Philippines.  Colonies with one corallite resemble Scolymia vitiensis.  Charlie Veron.

Australomussa rowleyensis.Philippines.Colonies with one corallite resemble Scolymia vitiensis.Charlie Veron.

Australomussa rowleyensis.  Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.  Showing corallites.

Australomussa rowleyensis.Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.Showing corallites.

Australomussa rowleyensis.  Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Australomussa rowleyensis.Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.Showing whole colony.

Australomussa rowleyensis.  Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.  Showing corallites.

Australomussa rowleyensis.Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.Showing corallites.

Australomussa rowleyensis.  Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.  Showing corallites.

Australomussa rowleyensis.Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.Showing corallites.

Australomussa rowleyensis.  Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.  Showing corallites.

Australomussa rowleyensis.Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.Showing corallites.