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Acropora variabilis

(Klunzinger, 1879)

Colonies form compact irregular or digitate bushes. Axial corallites are small. Radial corallites are usually a mixture of sizes and are short and appressed with slightly nariform openings.

Colour: Dark proximal parts of branches and paler distal parts.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora lianae , Acropora valida

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This poorly known species was considered a synonym of Acropora valida by Veron and Wallace (1984). Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora variabilis.  Indonesia.  An irregular colony on a sheltered reef slope.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora variabilis.Indonesia.An irregular colony on a sheltered reef slope.Charlie Veron.

Acropora variabilis.  Seychelle Islands.  A digitate colony on a shallow reef slope.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora variabilis.Seychelle Islands.A digitate colony on a shallow reef slope.Charlie Veron.

Acropora variabilis.  Red Sea.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora variabilis.Red Sea.Showing branch tips.

Acropora variabilis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora variabilis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branch tip.

Acropora variabilis.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Acropora variabilis.Southern Red Sea.Showing branches.

Acropora variabilis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing skeletal detail.

Acropora variabilis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing skeletal detail.

Acropora variabilis.  Red Sea.  No text reqd.

Acropora variabilis.Red Sea.No text reqd.

Acropora variabilis.  Red Sea.  No text reqd.

Acropora variabilis.Red Sea.No text reqd.