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Acropora forskali

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies consist of open branches which are usually twisted into irregular shapes. Sub-branches are uncommon. Axial corallites are tubular; incipient axial corallites occur on branch sides. Radial corallites are irregular, immersed to tubular, giving branch surfaces a rough appearance. Tentacles are often extended during the day.

Colour: Usually grey.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora horrida , Acropora lutkeni

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora forskali.  Madagascar.  Gnarled surface of branches with partly extended tentacles.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora forskali.Madagascar.Gnarled surface of branches with partly extended tentacles.Charlie Veron.

Acropora forskali.  Madagascar.  Prostrate irregular branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora forskali.Madagascar.Prostrate irregular branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora forskali.  Madagascar.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora forskali.Madagascar.Showing branch tip.

Acropora forskali.  Tanzania.  Showing branches.

Acropora forskali.Tanzania.Showing branches.

Acropora forskali.  Tanzania.  Showing branches.

Acropora forskali.Tanzania.Showing branches.

Acropora forskali.  Tanzania.  Showing branches.

Acropora forskali.Tanzania.Showing branches.

Acropora forskali.  Tanzania.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora forskali.Tanzania.Showing branch tips.

Acropora forskali.  Tanzania.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora forskali.Tanzania.Showing radial corallites.