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Acropora striata

(Verrill, 1866)

Colonies consist of dense thickets of short cylindrical branches which may form extensive stands. Axial corallites are small. Radial corallites are irregular in size and shape; exsert corallites have prominent lower lips.

Colour: Greyish-brown with white branch tips and white branch coenosteum. This colouration is only very distinctive in Japan.

Habitat: Shallow rocky foreshores or shallow reef flats.

Abundance: May be locally dominant in Japan, rare elsewhere.

Similar species: Acropora parahemprichii , Acropora sekiseiensis

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: Colonies from Japan are distinctive. This species is divisible into several other semi-distinct taxonomic units. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron (1992), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora striata.  Mainland Japan.  Large compact colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora striata.Mainland Japan.Large compact colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora striata.  Indonesia.  Part of a monospecific stand 10 metres across.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora striata.Indonesia.Part of a monospecific stand 10 metres across.Charlie Veron.

Acropora striata.  Indonesia.  Compact thicket.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora striata.Indonesia.Compact thicket.Charlie Veron.

Acropora striata.  Indonesia.  Branch tips.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora striata.Indonesia.Branch tips.Charlie Veron.

Acropora striata.  Indonesia.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora striata.Indonesia.Showing branch tip.

Acropora striata.  Mainland Japan.  Showing branches.

Acropora striata.Mainland Japan.Showing branches.

Acropora striata.  Mainland Japan.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora striata.Mainland Japan.Showing branch tips.

Acropora striata.  Mainland Japan.  Showing branches.

Acropora striata.Mainland Japan.Showing branches.