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Acropora seriata

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are compact aggregations of fused upright branches, flat plates, or tiers of plates. Colonies exposed to wave action have extensive encrusting bases and may form solid plates several metres across. Upright branches develop on colonies in protected lagoons. Axial corallites and incipient axial corallites are small and similar. Radial corallites are thick walled, tubular and appressed, and usually have a wall on the outer side only.

Colour: Uniform green or brown.

Habitat: Shallow lagoons and foreshores exposed to wave action.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Acropora forskali , Acropora glauca , Acropora lutkeni

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Ehrenberg’s original description/specimens, see Veron and Wallace (1984).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora seriata.  Sri Lanka.  Forming tiers of plates on an upper reef slope exposed to strong waves.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora seriata.Sri Lanka.Forming tiers of plates on an upper reef slope exposed to strong waves.Charlie Veron.

Acropora seriata.  Philippines.  Irregularly dissected plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora seriata.Philippines.Irregularly dissected plates.Charlie Veron.

Acropora seriata.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Forming clumps of upright fused branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora seriata.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Forming clumps of upright fused branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora seriata.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Colonies form both clumps and plates in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora seriata.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Colonies form both clumps and plates in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Acropora seriata.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora seriata.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora seriata.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora seriata.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora seriata.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Showing corallites.

Acropora seriata.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Showing corallites.

Acropora seriata.  Sri Lanka.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora seriata.Sri Lanka.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora seriata.  Sri Lanka.  Showing branch end.

Acropora seriata.Sri Lanka.Showing branch end.

Acropora seriata.  Sri Lanka.  Showing axial corallite.

Acropora seriata.Sri Lanka.Showing axial corallite.

Acropora seriata.  Sri Lanka.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora seriata.Sri Lanka.Showing radial corallites.