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Acropora prolifera

(Lamarck, 1816)

Colonies are branching with compact, horizontally spread sub-branches occurring towards the extremities of main branches. Axial corallites are elongate. Radial corallites are tubular and irregular in length.

Colour: Tan or pale brown with white branch tips.

Habitat: Very shallow reef slopes and lagoon margins.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora cervicornis , Acropora palmata

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: Several authors have considered the taxonomic status of Acropora prolifera to be doubtful. There may be significant genetic exchange between it and A. palmata and A. cervicornis. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Roos (1971), Cairns (1982), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guides: Colin (1978), Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora prolifera.  Caribbean.  Compact branches.  Pat Colin.

Acropora prolifera.Caribbean.Compact branches.Pat Colin.

Acropora prolifera.  Caribbean.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora prolifera.Caribbean.Showing branch tip.

Acropora prolifera.  Caribbean.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora prolifera.Caribbean.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora prolifera.  Caribbean.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora prolifera.Caribbean.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora prolifera.  Caribbean.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora prolifera.Caribbean.Showing radial corallites.