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Acropora parilis

(Quelch, 1886)

Colonies are clumps of irregularly curved branches on thick encrusting bases. Axial corallites are small and thick walled. Radial corallites are of one size and have prominent lower lips giving a scale-like appearance.

Colour: Brown or blue.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments exposed to wave action.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora abrotanoides , Acropora aspera , Acropora loisetteae

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Hodgson (1989), Wallace (1999, as A. halmaherae). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora parilis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  A thicket of tightly compacted branches in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.A thicket of tightly compacted branches in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.  Philippines.  On a sloping reef face.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.Philippines.On a sloping reef face.Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.  Philippines.  On a sheltered fringing reef.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.Philippines.On a sheltered fringing reef.Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.  Indonesia.  This species commonly forms extensive stand that may be several metres across.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.Indonesia.This species commonly forms extensive stand that may be several metres across.Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.  Indonesia.  Branches are mostly stick-like with tubular radial corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.Indonesia.Branches are mostly stick-like with tubular radial corallites.Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.  Indonesia.  Branches are mostly stick-like with tubular radial corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.Indonesia.Branches are mostly stick-like with tubular radial corallites.Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.  Indonesia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.Indonesia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora parilis.  Philippines.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora parilis.Philippines.Showing branch tip.

Acropora parilis.  Philippines.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora parilis.Philippines.Showing branch tip.

Acropora parilis.  Philippines.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora parilis.Philippines.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora parilis.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Acropora parilis.Philippines.Showing branches.

Acropora parilis.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Acropora parilis.Philippines.Showing branches.

Acropora parilis.  Indonesia.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora parilis.Indonesia.Showing branch tip.