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Acropora meridiana

Nemenzo, 1971

Colonies consist of a tangle of branches which are usually twisted into irregular shapes. Branchlets are uncommon. Axial corallites are tubular; incipient axial corallites occur irregularly. Radial corallites are irregular and immersed to tubular, giving branch surfaces a rough appearance.

Colour: Grey or tan.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora brueggemanni

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Nemenzo (1971).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora meridiana.  Papua New Guinea.  Large stand in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora meridiana.Papua New Guinea.Large stand in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Acropora meridiana.  Philippines.  Twisted branches with a gnarled appearance.  Doug Fenner.

Acropora meridiana.Philippines.Twisted branches with a gnarled appearance.Doug Fenner.

Acropora meridiana.  Philippines.  Surface of branches.  Doug Fenner.

Acropora meridiana.Philippines.Surface of branches.Doug Fenner.

Acropora meridiana.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallite detail of a branch tip.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora meridiana.Papua New Guinea.Corallite detail of a branch tip.Charlie Veron.

Acropora meridiana.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branches.

Acropora meridiana.Papua New Guinea.Showing branches.

Acropora meridiana.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branch surface.

Acropora meridiana.Papua New Guinea.Showing branch surface.

Acropora meridiana.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Acropora meridiana.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.