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Acropora pharaonis

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1860)

Colonies are large horizontal tables or irregular clusters of horizontal or upright interlinked contorted branches. Branches are pointed and have short branchlets which link main branches. Axial corallites are small and incipient axial corallites are abundant giving branches a spiky surface. Radial corallites are appressed, with nariform openings.

Colour: Grey-brown, usually with pale branch tips.

Habitat: Sheltered reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Acropora clathrata , Acropora parapharaonis , Acropora plumosa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Scheer and Pillai (1983), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guide: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora pharaonis.  Red Sea.  Colonies are commonly over 2 metres across.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.Red Sea.Colonies are commonly over 2 metres across.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.  Red Sea.  Commonly side attached with roughly interlocking branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.Red Sea.Commonly side attached with roughly interlocking branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.  Red Sea.  Irregularly branching colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.Red Sea.Irregularly branching colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.  Red Sea.  Compact horizontally interlocking branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.Red Sea.Compact horizontally interlocking branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.  Red Sea.  Undersurface of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.Red Sea.Undersurface of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.  Red Sea.  Spiky appearance.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.Red Sea.Spiky appearance.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.  Madagascar.  Spiky appearance.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.Madagascar.Spiky appearance.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.  Red Sea.  Spiky appearance.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.Red Sea.Spiky appearance.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pharaonis.  Red Sea.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora pharaonis.Red Sea.Showing branch tip.

Acropora pharaonis.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing branchlets.

Acropora pharaonis.Southern Red Sea.Showing branchlets.

Acropora pharaonis.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing branchlet.

Acropora pharaonis.Southern Red Sea.Showing branchlet.

Acropora pharaonis.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing branchlet.

Acropora pharaonis.Southern Red Sea.Showing branchlet.

Acropora pharaonis.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Acropora pharaonis.Southern Red Sea.Showing branches.

Acropora pharaonis.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora pharaonis.Southern Red Sea.Showing radial corallites.