Skip to Content
Sign up
Report an error

Acropora massawensis

Marenzeller, 1906

Colonies form extensive flat digitate clumps or thickets composed of branchlets of similar length and shape. Axial corallites are small. Radial corallites are irregular in length and are not clearly in rows down branchlet sides. They are tubular, the longer corallites being very elongate giving colonies a spiny appearance.

Colour: White to pale brown.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Acropora microclados , Acropora polystoma

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: von Marenzeller?s original description/specimens.

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora massawensis.  Red Sea.  Typically form extensive thickets.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora massawensis.Red Sea.Typically form extensive thickets.Charlie Veron.

Acropora massawensis.  Red Sea.  Surface of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora massawensis.Red Sea.Surface of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora massawensis.  Red Sea.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora massawensis.Red Sea.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora massawensis.  Red Sea.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora massawensis.Red Sea.Showing branch tip.

Acropora massawensis.  Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Acropora massawensis.Red Sea.Showing branches.

Acropora massawensis.  Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Acropora massawensis.Red Sea.Showing branches.

Acropora massawensis.  Red Sea.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora massawensis.Red Sea.Showing branch tips.