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Acropora rufus

Veron, 2000

Colonies have widely spaced, tapered upright branches with irregular side branches projecting almost perpendicularly. Axial corallites are dome-shaped and prominent. Incipient axial corallites occur irregularly and are long and tapered. These intergrade with radial corallites which are also widely spaced and tapered. All corallite openings are small and have weakly developed septa. The coenosteum is fine, giving branches a smooth appearance.

Colour: Reddish-brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora tortuosa , Acropora vaughani

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora rufus.  Red Sea.  Characteristic branching pattern and widely spaced corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora rufus.Red Sea.Characteristic branching pattern and widely spaced corallites.Charlie Veron.

Acropora rufus.  Red Sea.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora rufus.Red Sea.Showing branch tip.

Acropora rufus.  Red Sea.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora rufus.Red Sea.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora rufus.  Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Acropora rufus.Red Sea.Showing branches.

Acropora rufus.  Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Acropora rufus.Red Sea.Showing branches.

Acropora rufus.  Red Sea.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora rufus.Red Sea.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora rufus.  Red Sea.  Showing axial corallite.

Acropora rufus.Red Sea.Showing axial corallite.