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Acropora florida

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies in turbid water may attain great sizes. They are composed of thick upright or prostrate branches covered with short, stubby sub-branches. Main branches may be highly fused in some geographic regions. Horizontal branches may have no branchlets on the undersurface. Axial corallites are small. Radial corallites are either immersed or uniformly tubular over the whole colony.

Colour: Usually browns, occasionally bright green. The dominant colour varies geographically.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Acropora lovelli , Acropora sarmentosa , Acropora wallaceae

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. 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 florida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Medium size colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora florida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Medium size colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora florida.  Philippines.  Colony of flattened branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora florida.Philippines.Colony of flattened branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora florida.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Common appearance of branchlets.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora florida.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Common appearance of branchlets.Ed Lovell.

Acropora florida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Colony of upright branches.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora florida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Colony of upright branches.Ed Lovell.

Acropora florida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Branch end.  Ed Lovell.

Acropora florida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Branch end.Ed Lovell.

Acropora florida.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora florida.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora florida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A large stand.  Neville Coleman.

Acropora florida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A large stand.Neville Coleman.

Acropora florida.  Scott Reef, western Australia.  Long slender branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora florida.Scott Reef, western Australia.Long slender branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora florida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface of a flat branch.  Neville Coleman.

Acropora florida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Surface of a flat branch.Neville Coleman.

Acropora florida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora florida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora florida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Acropora florida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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