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Acropora stoddarti

Pillai and Scheer, 1976

Colonies consist of fused, flattened basal branches, forming extensive horizontal plates commonly over 2 metres across. The oldest parts of colonies are frequently fused into a solid plate. Corallites are widely spaced and mostly immersed, becoming nariform and sharp edged towards branch tips.

Colour: Brown or green with pale margins.

Habitat: Reef slopes.

Abundance: Common at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia, uncommon elsewhere.

Similar species: Acropora divaricata , Acropora solitaryensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Pillai and Scheer (1976). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora stoddarti.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Highly dissected plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora stoddarti.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Highly dissected plates.Charlie Veron.

Acropora stoddarti.  Seychelle Islands.  Single large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora stoddarti.Seychelle Islands.Single large colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora stoddarti.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Surface detail of plated exposed to wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora stoddarti.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Surface detail of plated exposed to wave action.Charlie Veron.

Acropora stoddarti.  Seychelle Islands.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora stoddarti.Seychelle Islands.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora stoddarti.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora stoddarti.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora stoddarti.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora stoddarti.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora stoddarti.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora stoddarti.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora stoddarti.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Showing corallites.

Acropora stoddarti.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Showing corallites.

Acropora stoddarti.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branches.

Acropora stoddarti.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branches.

Acropora stoddarti.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Acropora stoddarti.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.