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Acropora branchi

Riegl, 1995

Colonies consist of flat, highly fused basal plates. Colonies are sometimes single solid plates covered with incipient axial corallites. Otherwise they have short upright branchlets which are usually widely spaced. Axial corallites are indistinct from radial corallites. Radial corallites have thick lips.

Colour: Dark brown or green, usually with pale plate margins.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes and tidal pools.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Acropora efflorescens , Acropora glauca , Acropora solitaryensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Riegl (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora branchi.  Madagascar.  Highly fused plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora branchi.Madagascar.Highly fused plates.Charlie Veron.

Acropora branchi.  Madagascar.  Tiered plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora branchi.Madagascar.Tiered plates.Charlie Veron.

Acropora branchi.  Madagascar.  Mostly solid plate.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora branchi.Madagascar.Mostly solid plate.Charlie Veron.

Acropora branchi.  Madagascar.  Plates with varying development of branchlets.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora branchi.Madagascar.Plates with varying development of branchlets.Charlie Veron.

Acropora branchi.  Madagascar.  Plates with varying development of branchlets.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora branchi.Madagascar.Plates with varying development of branchlets.Charlie Veron.

Acropora branchi.  Madagascar.  Maximun branch development.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora branchi.Madagascar.Maximun branch development.Charlie Veron.

Acropora branchi.  South Africa.  Showing corallites.

Acropora branchi.South Africa.Showing corallites.

Acropora branchi.  South Africa.  Showing plate formation.

Acropora branchi.South Africa.Showing plate formation.

Acropora branchi.  Indonesia.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora branchi.Indonesia.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora branchi.  South Africa.  Showing flattened branches.

Acropora branchi.South Africa.Showing flattened branches.

Acropora branchi.  South Africa.  Showing corallites.

Acropora branchi.South Africa.Showing corallites.

Acropora branchi.  South Africa.  Showing branchlets.

Acropora branchi.South Africa.Showing branchlets.

Acropora branchi.  South Africa.  Showing colony formation.

Acropora branchi.South Africa.Showing colony formation.