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Acropora batunai

Wallace, 1997

Colonies are corymbose, cushion-like or form tables up to approximately one metre across. They have prostrate horizontal branches with short upright branchlets. Axial, incipient axial and radial corallites intergrade; all are small, tubular and sharp edged. Branchlets tend to have a bottlebrush arrangement of radial corallites.

Colour: Pale brown, blue (which may photograph pink) or grey.

Habitat: Shallow protected reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora microclados , Acropora rambleri

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wallace (1997, 1999).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora batunai.  Papua New Guinea.  Large colony of highly fused horizontal branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.Papua New Guinea.Large colony of highly fused horizontal branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.  Papua New Guinea.  Edge of a large plate.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.Papua New Guinea.Edge of a large plate.Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.Papua New Guinea.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.  Indonesia.  Small plate.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.Indonesia.Small plate.Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.  Philippines.  Showing compact branchlets.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.Philippines.Showing compact branchlets.Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.  Indonesia.  Short branches. Almost bottlebrush arrangement of radial corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.Indonesia.Short branches. Almost bottlebrush arrangement of radial corallites.Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.Papua New Guinea.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora batunai.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Acropora batunai.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.

Acropora batunai.  Micronesia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora batunai.Micronesia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora batunai.  Micronesia.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora batunai.Micronesia.Showing branch tips.

Acropora batunai.  Micronesia.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora batunai.Micronesia.Showing branch tips.

Acropora batunai.  Micronesia.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora batunai.Micronesia.Showing branching pattern.