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Acropora tenella

(Brook, 1892)

Colonies are horizontal plates consisting of flattened branches which usually diverge fan-wise but which may form an irregular tangle. Branches usually have a central ridge which may be broad. There is little fusion of branches. Axial and radial corallites are distinct. Radial corallites only occur laterally on old branches, but otherwise are scattered over the branch surface.

Colour: Cream with white or blue branch ends.

Habitat: Lower reef slopes below 40 metres.

Abundance: May be locally common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Wallace (1999). Additional identification guide: Colin and Arneson (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora tenella.  Papua New Guinea.  Colony in deep water consisting of a few twisted branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora tenella.Papua New Guinea.Colony in deep water consisting of a few twisted branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora tenella.  Micronesia.  Tiers of flattened branches.  Pat Colin.

Acropora tenella.Micronesia.Tiers of flattened branches.Pat Colin.

Acropora tenella.  Micronesia.  Surface detail of branches.  Pat Colin.

Acropora tenella.Micronesia.Surface detail of branches.Pat Colin.

Acropora tenella.  Micronesia.  Surface detail of branches.  Pat Colin.

Acropora tenella.Micronesia.Surface detail of branches.Pat Colin.

Acropora tenella.  Indonesia.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora tenella.Indonesia.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora tenella.  Indonesia.  Showing branches.

Acropora tenella.Indonesia.Showing branches.

Acropora tenella.  Indonesia.  Showing branches.

Acropora tenella.Indonesia.Showing branches.

Acropora tenella.  Indonesia.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora tenella.Indonesia.Showing branch tips.

Acropora tenella.  Indonesia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora tenella.Indonesia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora tenella.  Indonesia.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora tenella.Indonesia.Showing branch tip.