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Acropora bifurcata

Nemenzo, 1971

Colonies are wide flat plates and tables. Branches are thin, finely structured and widely spaced forming a delicate lattice network. Branchlets are fine and strongly inclined on the plate surface. Axial and incipient axial corallites are indistinguishable. Radial corallites are cup-shaped and are not arranged in rosettes.

Colour: Pale branches with darker corallites.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora cytherea , Acropora hyacinthus

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species was formerly believed to be a synonym of Acropora hyacinthus. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Nemenzo (1971).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora bifurcata.  Indonesia.  Adjacent colonies of A. bifurcata (right) and A. cytherea (left).  Charlie Veron.

Acropora bifurcata.Indonesia.Adjacent colonies of A. bifurcata (right) and A. cytherea (left).Charlie Veron.

Acropora bifurcata.  Indonesia.  Adjacent colonies of A. bifurcata (left) and A. hoeksemai (right).  Charlie Veron.

Acropora bifurcata.Indonesia.Adjacent colonies of A. bifurcata (left) and A. hoeksemai (right).Charlie Veron.

Acropora bifurcata.  Seychelle Islands.  Colony surface.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora bifurcata.Seychelle Islands.Colony surface.Charlie Veron.

Acropora bifurcata.  Seychelle Islands.  Colony surface.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora bifurcata.Seychelle Islands.Colony surface.Charlie Veron.

Acropora bifurcata.  Palau.  Surface detail of branches.  Gustav Paulay.

Acropora bifurcata.Palau.Surface detail of branches.Gustav Paulay.

Acropora bifurcata.  Philippines.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora bifurcata.Philippines.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora bifurcata.  Philippines.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora bifurcata.Philippines.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora bifurcata.  Philippines.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora bifurcata.Philippines.Showing branching pattern.