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Acropora elegantula

(Ortmann, 1889)

Colonies are corymbose clumps of prostrate branches, except those from reef flats which have thickened upright branchlets. Horizontal branches are thin, spreading and laterally fused. The undersurfaces of branches are usually devoid of corallites. Upward projecting branchlets are irregularly spaced. Axial and incipient axial corallites are well defined.

Colour: Grey with pale branch tips.

Habitat: Shallow fringing reefs.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Acropora aculeus , Acropora elseyi

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Ortmann’s original description/specimens.

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora elegantula.  Sri Lanka.  Tiers of plates.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegantula.Sri Lanka.Tiers of plates.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegantula.  Sri Lanka.  Common appearance of a small colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegantula.Sri Lanka.Common appearance of a small colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegantula.  Sri Lanka.  In shallow water branchlets resemble A. aculeus.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegantula.Sri Lanka.In shallow water branchlets resemble A. aculeus.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegantula.  Sri Lanka.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegantula.Sri Lanka.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elegantula.  Sri Lanka.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora elegantula.Sri Lanka.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora elegantula.  Sri Lanka.  Showing branches.

Acropora elegantula.Sri Lanka.Showing branches.

Acropora elegantula.  Sri Lanka.  Showing branches.

Acropora elegantula.Sri Lanka.Showing branches.