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Anacropora spinosa

Rehberg, 1892

Branches are compact, contorted, less than 10 millimetres thick and tapering to a point. Spines project below corallites. Corallites are elongate, crowded, irregular, and are usually not strongly tapered.

Colour: Pale brown, sometimes with white branch tips.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Anacropora puertogalerae

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Pillai (1973). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Anacropora spinosa.  Papua New Guinea.  Dense thicket of twisted branches.  Charlie Veron.

Anacropora spinosa.Papua New Guinea.Dense thicket of twisted branches.Charlie Veron.

Anacropora spinosa.  Palau.  A small colony.  Gustav Paulay.

Anacropora spinosa.Palau.A small colony.Gustav Paulay.

Anacropora spinosa.  Philippines.  Showing branches.  Charlie Veron.

Anacropora spinosa.Philippines.Showing branches.Charlie Veron.

Anacropora spinosa.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Anacropora spinosa.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Anacropora spinosa.  Philippines.  Showing branching pattern.

Anacropora spinosa.Philippines.Showing branching pattern.

Anacropora spinosa.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Anacropora spinosa.Philippines.Showing branches.