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Acropora elegans

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1860)

Colonies are flat plates commonly over one metre across and consist of flattened radiating branches that have a ridge along the upper surface. Upright branchlets may cover part or all of the colony surface. Radial corallites are more prevalent on the sides of branches and are mostly absent from the undersurface. Axial and radial corallites intergrade and all corallites are large and tubular.

Colour: Tan, usually with pale branch ends.

Habitat: Protected steeply sloping reef edges.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Acropora simplex

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Wallace (1999).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora elegans.  Philippines.  Plates are usually side attached.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegans.Philippines.Plates are usually side attached.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegans.  Philippines.  Variation in surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegans.Philippines.Variation in surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegans.  Philippines.  Variation in surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegans.Philippines.Variation in surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegans.  Philippines.  Variation in surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegans.Philippines.Variation in surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegans.  Philippines.  Plates are usually side attached.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegans.Philippines.Plates are usually side attached.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegans.  Philippines.  Variation in surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegans.Philippines.Variation in surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegans.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Acropora elegans.Philippines.Showing branches.

Acropora elegans.  Micronesia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora elegans.Micronesia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora elegans.  Micronesia.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora elegans.Micronesia.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora elegans.  Micronesia.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora elegans.Micronesia.Showing branch tips.

Acropora elegans.  Micronesia.  Showing branches.

Acropora elegans.Micronesia.Showing branches.

Acropora elegans.  Micronesia.  Showing lower surface.

Acropora elegans.Micronesia.Showing lower surface.

Acropora elegans.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Acropora elegans.Indonesia.Showing corallites.