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Acropora appressa

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are caespitose to corymbose upright bushes. Axial corallites are conspicuous and conical in shape. Radial corallites may form incipient axial corallites. Most radial corallites are tubular with nariform openings.

Colour: Whitish extremities with brown lower branches and brown corallites.

Habitat: Shallow rocky foreshores and reefs.

Abundance: Common in the western Indian Ocean, uncommon elsewhere.

Similar species: Acropora anthocercis , Acropora cophodactyla , Acropora loripes

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Ehrenberg’s original description/specimens, Riegl (1995, as Acropora sordiensis).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora appressa.  Seychelle Islands.  Table-like colony in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora appressa.Seychelle Islands.Table-like colony in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Acropora appressa.  Seychelle Islands.  Side-attached plate.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora appressa.Seychelle Islands.Side-attached plate.Charlie Veron.

Acropora appressa.  Tanzania.  Colony surface.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora appressa.Tanzania.Colony surface.Charlie Veron.

Acropora appressa.  Seychelle Islands.  Relatively short thick branches. Colony exposed to strong wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora appressa.Seychelle Islands.Relatively short thick branches. Colony exposed to strong wave action.Charlie Veron.

Acropora appressa.  Madagascar.  Variation in corallite structure.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora appressa.Madagascar.Variation in corallite structure.Charlie Veron.

Acropora appressa.  Madagascar.  Variation in corallite structure.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora appressa.Madagascar.Variation in corallite structure.Charlie Veron.

Acropora appressa.  Locality not recorded.  No text reqd.

Acropora appressa.Locality not recorded.No text reqd.

Acropora appressa.  Locality not recorded.  No text reqd.

Acropora appressa.Locality not recorded.No text reqd.

Acropora appressa.  South Africa.  Showing corallites.

Acropora appressa.South Africa.Showing corallites.

Acropora appressa.  South Africa.  Showing clump formation.

Acropora appressa.South Africa.Showing clump formation.

Acropora appressa.  South Africa.  Showing corallites.

Acropora appressa.South Africa.Showing corallites.

Acropora appressa.  South Africa.  Showing branchlets.

Acropora appressa.South Africa.Showing branchlets.