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Acropora rosaria

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are upright bushes or cushion-like. Main branches have secondary and tertiary sub-branches. Axial corallites are large and dome-shaped but not elongate. Radial corallites are bead- or pocket-like. All corallites have thick walls.

Colour: Usually cream or brown, sometimes bright blue or pink.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Acropora loripes

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Wallace (1978). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora rosaria.  Papua New Guinea.  Upright bushy colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora rosaria.Papua New Guinea.Upright bushy colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora rosaria.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Part of a bushy colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora rosaria.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Part of a bushy colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora rosaria.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Small plate-like colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora rosaria.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Small plate-like colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora rosaria.  Tanzania.  Variation in branches and corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora rosaria.Tanzania.Variation in branches and corallites.Charlie Veron.

Acropora rosaria.  Indonesia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora rosaria.Indonesia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora rosaria.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora rosaria.Papua New Guinea.Showing branch tip.

Acropora rosaria.  Philippines.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora rosaria.Philippines.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora rosaria.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Acropora rosaria.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Acropora rosaria.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branches.

Acropora rosaria.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branches.

Acropora rosaria.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora rosaria.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branch tips.