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Acropora hemprichii

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies consist of open thickets of sturdy prostrate to upright branches. They are frequently over 2 metres across and may form extensive single species stands. Axial corallites are dome-shaped and incipient axial corallites are common. Radial corallites are large and conical. They are irregularly spaced and have thick smooth walls. The coenosteum is smooth.

Colour: Commonly brown or pinkish brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Acropora parahemprichii , Acropora rudis , Acropora variolosa

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 hemprichii.  Red Sea.  Colonies of long branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora hemprichii.Red Sea.Colonies of long branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora hemprichii.  Madagascar.  Colony with short branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora hemprichii.Madagascar.Colony with short branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora hemprichii.  Red Sea.  Compact thicket.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora hemprichii.Red Sea.Compact thicket.Charlie Veron.

Acropora hemprichii.  Red Sea.  Colonies of long branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora hemprichii.Red Sea.Colonies of long branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora hemprichii.  Red Sea.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora hemprichii.Red Sea.Showing branch tip.

Acropora hemprichii.  Red Sea.  No text reqd.

Acropora hemprichii.Red Sea.No text reqd.

Acropora hemprichii.  Red Sea.  Showing whole colony.

Acropora hemprichii.Red Sea.Showing whole colony.

Acropora hemprichii.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Acropora hemprichii.Red Sea.Showing corallites.