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Acropora mirabilis

(Quelch, 1886)

Colonies form corymbose plates or irregular clumps. Branchlets are tall, straight or irregular and are slightly tapered. Colonies exposed to wave action have compacted branchlets; those in protected habitats have irregular branches. Axial corallites are prominent. Radial corallites are short and uniform in size. Septa are short and numerous. Tentacles may be partly extended during the day.

Colour: Uniform grey.

Habitat: Shallow reef slopes.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Acropora dendrum , Acropora latistella

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Quelch’s original description/specimens. Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora mirabilis.  Indonesia.  Corymbose plate.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora mirabilis.Indonesia.Corymbose plate.Charlie Veron.

Acropora mirabilis.  Indonesia.  Irregular upright branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora mirabilis.Indonesia.Irregular upright branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora mirabilis.  Indonesia.  Prostrate branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora mirabilis.Indonesia.Prostrate branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora mirabilis.  Indonesia.  Branch detail with short radial corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora mirabilis.Indonesia.Branch detail with short radial corallites.Charlie Veron.

Acropora mirabilis.  Indonesia.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora mirabilis.Indonesia.Showing branch tip.

Acropora mirabilis.  Vanuatu.  Showing branches.

Acropora mirabilis.Vanuatu.Showing branches.

Acropora mirabilis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branches.

Acropora mirabilis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branches.

Acropora mirabilis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora mirabilis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branch tips.