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Acropora speciosa

(Quelch, 1886)

Colonies form thick cushions and bottlebrush branches. Axial and incipient axial corallites are large and elongate and only slightly taper. Radial corallites intergrade with axial corallites, but most are small, appressed and tubular or pocket-like.

Colour: Usually cream with delicately coloured corallite tips.

Habitat: Protected reef environments with clear water and a high Acropora diversity.

Abundance: Usually uncommon but conspicuous.

Similar species: Acropora echinata , Acropora granulosa

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 speciosa.  Papua New Guinea.  Large colonies in shallow water are commonly cushion-shaped.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora speciosa. Papua New Guinea. Large colonies in shallow water are commonly cushion-shaped. Charlie Veron.

Acropora speciosa.  Papua New Guinea.  A branch developing into a cushion.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora speciosa. Papua New Guinea. A branch developing into a cushion. Charlie Veron.

Acropora speciosa.  Papua New Guinea.  Edge of colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora speciosa. Papua New Guinea. Edge of colonies. Charlie Veron.

Acropora speciosa.  Papua New Guinea.  Variation in corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora speciosa. Papua New Guinea. Variation in corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Acropora speciosa.  Indonesia.  Edge of colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora speciosa. Indonesia. Edge of colonies. Charlie Veron.

Acropora speciosa.  Papua New Guinea.  Variation in corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora speciosa. Papua New Guinea. Variation in corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Acropora speciosa.  Tahiti.  Showing corallites.

Acropora speciosa. Tahiti. Showing corallites.

Acropora speciosa.  Tahiti.  Showing corallites.

Acropora speciosa. Tahiti. Showing corallites.

Acropora speciosa.  Philippines.  Showing corallite detail.

Acropora speciosa. Philippines. Showing corallite detail.