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Acropora natalensis

Riegl, 1995

Colonies are horizontal plates, sometimes tiered. Plates are composed of fused branches and are almost solid. Branchlets occur irregularly and are widely spaced. Axial corallites are well defined except on the margins of fused plates. Radial corallites are tubular and appressed or elongate, forming incipient axial corallites.

Colour: Brown, with pale extremities.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes, lagoons and fringing reefs.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora divaricata , Acropora solitaryensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Riegl (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora natalensis.  Sri Lanka.  Plate-like colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora natalensis.Sri Lanka.Plate-like colonies.Charlie Veron.

Acropora natalensis.  Seychelle Islands.  Variation in surface structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora natalensis.Seychelle Islands.Variation in surface structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Acropora natalensis.  Tanzania.  Variation in surface structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora natalensis.Tanzania.Variation in surface structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Acropora natalensis.  Seychelle Islands.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora natalensis.Seychelle Islands.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora natalensis.  Sri Lanka.  Plate-like colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora natalensis.Sri Lanka.Plate-like colonies.Charlie Veron.

Acropora natalensis.  Sri Lanka.  Plate-like colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora natalensis.Sri Lanka.Plate-like colonies.Charlie Veron.

Acropora natalensis.  Seychelle Islands.  Showing whole colony.

Acropora natalensis.Seychelle Islands.Showing whole colony.

Acropora natalensis.  Seychelle Islands.  Showing branches.

Acropora natalensis.Seychelle Islands.Showing branches.

Acropora natalensis.  Seychelle Islands.  Showing branches.

Acropora natalensis.Seychelle Islands.Showing branches.

Acropora natalensis.  Seychelle Islands.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora natalensis.Seychelle Islands.Showing branch tip.

Acropora natalensis.  South Africa.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora natalensis.South Africa.Showing branch tip.

Acropora natalensis.  South Africa.  Showing plate formation.

Acropora natalensis.South Africa.Showing plate formation.