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Acropora pinguis

Wells, 1950

Colonies may exceed 2 metres across. They have extensive encrusting bases with short thick tapered branches. Central branches of large colonies are conical; peripheral branches are irregularly prostrate. Radial corallites are small and mostly rasp-like.

Colour: Greenish or pinkish grey or brown.

Habitat: Reef flats exposed to strong wave action and lagoons.

Abundance: Common in the central Indian Ocean, uncommon elsewhere.

Similar species: Acropora irregularis , Acropora robusta

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1950), Scheer and Pillai (1974).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora pinguis.  null.  Acropora pinguis (right) with Acropora irregularis (left).  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pinguis.null.Acropora pinguis (right) with Acropora irregularis (left).Charlie Veron.

Acropora pinguis.  Madagascar.  Colony with fully developed branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pinguis.Madagascar.Colony with fully developed branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pinguis.  Madagascar.  Short conical branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pinguis.Madagascar.Short conical branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pinguis.  Seychelle Islands.  Surface detail of an encrusting base.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pinguis.Seychelle Islands.Surface detail of an encrusting base.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pinguis.  Seychelle Islands.  Surface detail of a branch.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pinguis.Seychelle Islands.Surface detail of a branch.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pinguis.  Seychelle Islands.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora pinguis.Seychelle Islands.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora pinguis.  Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.  Showing branch end.

Acropora pinguis.Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.Showing branch end.

Acropora pinguis.  Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora pinguis.Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.Showing branch tip.

Acropora pinguis.  Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.  No text reqd.

Acropora pinguis.Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.No text reqd.

Acropora pinguis.  Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.  No text reqd.

Acropora pinguis.Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.No text reqd.