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Anacropora pillai

Veron, 2000

Colonies sprawl over the substrate and have dead bases so that they fall apart if disturbed. This is the smallest Anacropora, with most branches less than 3 millimetres thick. They are always contorted and tapered. Sometimes they are irregularly fused. Sub-branches form by equal division. Corallites are conical and project up to 1.5 millimetres from the branch surface. Corallites seldom form spines.

Colour: Cream or pale blue.

Habitat: May cover extensive areas on lower reef slopes, especially in turbid water.

Abundance: Locally common.

Similar species: Anacropora matthai

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Anacropora pillai.  Philippines.  Prostrate branches.  Charlie Veron.

Anacropora pillai.Philippines.Prostrate branches.Charlie Veron.

Anacropora pillai.  Papua New Guinea.  Irregular contorted branches.  Charlie Veron.

Anacropora pillai.Papua New Guinea.Irregular contorted branches.Charlie Veron.

Anacropora pillai.  Papua New Guinea.  Detail of tiny branches.  Charlie Veron.

Anacropora pillai.Papua New Guinea.Detail of tiny branches.Charlie Veron.

Anacropora pillai.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branch end.

Anacropora pillai.Papua New Guinea.Showing branch end.

Anacropora pillai.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branches.

Anacropora pillai.Papua New Guinea.Showing branches.

Anacropora pillai.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Anacropora pillai.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.