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Seriatopora aculeata

Quelch, 1886

Branches are thick (5-9 mm), short and strongly tapered. They are usually in fused clumps. Corallites are irregularly distributed on branches. Tentacles are commonly extended during the day.

Colour: Pink or cream.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Seriatopora hystrix , Seriatopora stellata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Quelch’s original description/specimens. Additional identification guide: Randall and Myers (1983).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Seriatopora aculeata.  Papua New Guinea.  Colonies form compact thickets in clear water.  Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora aculeata.Papua New Guinea.Colonies form compact thickets in clear water.Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora aculeata.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  On shallow reef flats branches are short tapered and highly fused.  Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora aculeata.Ashmore Reef, western Australia.On shallow reef flats branches are short tapered and highly fused.Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora aculeata.  Solomon Islands.  Detail of branches.  Neville Coleman.

Seriatopora aculeata.Solomon Islands.Detail of branches.Neville Coleman.

Seriatopora aculeata.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Seriatopora aculeata.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.