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Acropora elseyi

(Brook, 1892)

Colonies are shaped like fir trees, with bottlebrush-like radiating sub-branches increasing in length down main branches. The degree of branch development varies greatly with environment. Axial and radial corallites are similar. Both are small with thick rounded walls.

Colour: Yellow or cream with pale branch tips.

Habitat: Shallow reef slopes and fringing reefs.

Abundance: Common and may form extensive single species stands.

Similar species: Acropora carduus , Acropora longicyathus , Acropora subglabra

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora elseyi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  An extensive thicket.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elseyi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.An extensive thicket.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elseyi.  null.  Showing branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elseyi.null.Showing branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elseyi.  Philippines.  Forming tall branches with well developed branchlets.  Doug Fenner.

Acropora elseyi.Philippines.Forming tall branches with well developed branchlets.Doug Fenner.

Acropora elseyi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora elseyi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Ed Lovell.

Acropora elseyi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch end.

Acropora elseyi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branch end.

Acropora elseyi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora elseyi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora elseyi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing compact colony.

Acropora elseyi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing compact colony.

Acropora elseyi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Acropora elseyi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branches.

Acropora elseyi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora elseyi.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branch tips.

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

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