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Acropora rudis

(Rehberg, 1892)

Colonies are composed of large, tapered, prostrate branches. Axial corallites are dome-shaped with small openings. Radial corallites occur only on the upper surfaces of branches; lower surfaces are smooth. They are of mixed sizes, the smallest are immersed, the largest are bead-like, up to 4 millimetres diameter. All corallites have small openings. The coenosteum is smooth and dense, composed of fine spinules without elaborated tips.

Colour: Uniform dark tan with pale branch tips.

Habitat: Shallow to deep rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Uncommon but conspicuous.

Similar species: Acropora hemprichii , Acropora variolosa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wallace and Wolstenholme (1998), Wallace (1999).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora rudis.  Sri Lanka.  Variation in growth form.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora rudis. Sri Lanka. Variation in growth form. Charlie Veron.

Acropora rudis.  Sri Lanka.  Variation in growth form.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora rudis. Sri Lanka. Variation in growth form. Charlie Veron.

Acropora rudis.  Sri Lanka.  Variation in growth form.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora rudis. Sri Lanka. Variation in growth form. Charlie Veron.

Acropora rudis.  Sri Lanka.  Corallites are of mixed sizes. The largest are bead-like, with small openings.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora rudis. Sri Lanka. Corallites are of mixed sizes. The largest are bead-like, with small openings. Charlie Veron.

Acropora rudis.  Sri Lanka.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora rudis. Sri Lanka. Showing branching pattern.

Acropora rudis.  Sri Lanka.  Showing branch end.

Acropora rudis. Sri Lanka. Showing branch end.

Acropora rudis.  Sri Lanka.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora rudis. Sri Lanka. Showing radial corallites.

Acropora rudis.  Sri Lanka.  Showing branch cluster.

Acropora rudis. Sri Lanka. Showing branch cluster.

Acropora rudis.  Sri Lanka.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora rudis. Sri Lanka. Showing radial corallites.

Acropora rudis.  Sri Lanka.  No text reqd.

Acropora rudis. Sri Lanka. No text reqd.