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Acanthastrea brevis

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849

Colonies are mostly submassive. Corallites are cerioid to subplocoid with moderately thin walls. Septa are thin and widely spaced. Larger septa have very long upwardly projecting teeth giving colonies a spiny appearance. Colonies are usually not fleshy.

Colour: Uniform or mottled brown, yellow or green.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acanthastrea echinata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Milne Edwards and Haime’s original description/ specimens.

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acanthastrea brevis.  Seychelle Islands.  Surface of large colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Acanthastrea brevis. Seychelle Islands. Surface of large colonies. Charlie Veron.

Acanthastrea brevis.  Locality not recorded.  Surface of large colonies.  Gustav Paulay.

Acanthastrea brevis. Locality not recorded. Surface of large colonies. Gustav Paulay.

Acanthastrea brevis.  Maldive Islands, Indian Ocean.  Corallite detail.  Neville Coleman.

Acanthastrea brevis. Maldive Islands, Indian Ocean. Corallite detail. Neville Coleman.

Acanthastrea brevis.  Red Sea.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acanthastrea brevis. Red Sea. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Acanthastrea brevis.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Acanthastrea brevis. Red Sea. Showing corallites.