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Acropora spicifera

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are wide, flat, tiered plates and tables which commonly have lobed margins. Branches are outward projecting at the colony margins, but curved, tapered, and upward projecting elsewhere. Axial corallites are distinctive, radial corallites are immersed and have a rosette arrangement.

Colour: Grey or green, with a broad white border to plates.

Habitat: Reef slopes.

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

Similar species: Acropora hyacinthus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Marsh (1988), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora spicifera.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Plates.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora spicifera. Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia. Plates. Ed Lovell.

Acropora spicifera.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Highly dissected plates.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora spicifera. Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia. Highly dissected plates. Ed Lovell.

Acropora spicifera.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Solid plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora spicifera. Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia. Solid plates. Charlie Veron.

Acropora spicifera.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Plate edge.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora spicifera. Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia. Plate edge. Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acropora spicifera.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Showing branch ends.

Acropora spicifera. Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia. Showing branch ends.

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

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

Acropora spicifera.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branch ends.

Acropora spicifera. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Showing branch ends.