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Acropora macrostoma

(Brook, 1891)

Colonies are corymbose plates up to approximately one metre across, with short, uniform, evenly spaced, tapered branchlets up to 15 millimetres thick at the base. Axial corallites are tubular and not conspicuous. Radial corallites are of mixed sizes, larger corallites being even, tubular and appressed.

Colour: Grey, pink or blue.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Common in Indonesia, uncommon elsewhere.

Similar species: Acropora microclados , Acropora ocellata

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora macrostoma.  Indonesia.  Uniformly spaced branchlets with radial corallites in vertical rows.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora macrostoma.Indonesia.Uniformly spaced branchlets with radial corallites in vertical rows.Charlie Veron.

Acropora macrostoma.  Indonesia.  Typical colony exposed to strong wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora macrostoma.Indonesia.Typical colony exposed to strong wave action.Charlie Veron.

Acropora macrostoma.  Indonesia.  Branchlet detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora macrostoma.Indonesia.Branchlet detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora macrostoma.  Seychelle Islands.  Branchlet detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora macrostoma.Seychelle Islands.Branchlet detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora macrostoma.  Seychelle Islands.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora macrostoma.Seychelle Islands.Showing branch tip.

Acropora macrostoma.  Indonesia.  Showing branches.

Acropora macrostoma.Indonesia.Showing branches.

Acropora macrostoma.  Indonesia.  No text reqd.

Acropora macrostoma.Indonesia.No text reqd.