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Acropora pruinosa

(Brook, 1893)

Colonies branch irregularly forming small compact thickets. Branches are typically contorted. Axial corallites are elongate and tubular. Radial corallites are strongly appressed and short except towards branch ends where they become elongate.

Colour: There are two colour morphs, greenish and brown.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores in shallow turbid water.

Abundance: Locally common in mainland Japan.

Similar species: Acropora proximalis , Acropora tumida

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron (1980, 1992). Additional identification guides: Scott (1984), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora pruinosa.  Mainland Japan.  This species forms small compact clumps of irregular branches in mainland Japan.  Moritaka Nishihra.

Acropora pruinosa.Mainland Japan.This species forms small compact clumps of irregular branches in mainland Japan.Moritaka Nishihra.

Acropora pruinosa.  Mainland Japan.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pruinosa.Mainland Japan.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pruinosa.  Mainland Japan.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora pruinosa.Mainland Japan.Showing branch tips.

Acropora pruinosa.  Mainland Japan.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora pruinosa.Mainland Japan.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora pruinosa.  Mainland Japan.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora pruinosa.Mainland Japan.Showing branch tip.

Acropora pruinosa.  Mainland Japan.  Showing axial corallites.

Acropora pruinosa.Mainland Japan.Showing axial corallites.

Acropora pruinosa.  Mainland Japan.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora pruinosa.Mainland Japan.Showing branch tip.