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Acropora prostrata

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies form corymbose or irregular cushions with thin elongate branches. Axial corallites are tubular in shape. Radial corallites are all the same size. They have prominent lower lips giving a scale-like appearance.

Colour: Dull creamy-brown, pink or blue (which may photograph purple), usually with distinctively coloured radial corallite lips.

Habitat: Reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora millepora , Acropora pulchra

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora prostrata.  Indonesia.  Corymbose colony with compact branchlets and tentacles extended.  Valerie Taylor.

Acropora prostrata. Indonesia. Corymbose colony with compact branchlets and tentacles extended. Valerie Taylor.

Acropora prostrata.  Vietnam.  Usually irregular clumps.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora prostrata. Vietnam. Usually irregular clumps. Charlie Veron.

Acropora prostrata.  Papua New Guinea.  Surface of a clump.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora prostrata. Papua New Guinea. Surface of a clump. Charlie Veron.

Acropora prostrata.  Papua New Guinea.  Detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora prostrata. Papua New Guinea. Detail of branches. Charlie Veron.

Acropora prostrata.  Indonesia.  Detail of branches.  Valerie Taylor.

Acropora prostrata. Indonesia. Detail of branches. Valerie Taylor.

Acropora prostrata.  Vietnam.  Showing branchlets.

Acropora prostrata. Vietnam. Showing branchlets.

Acropora prostrata.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Acropora prostrata. Philippines. Showing branches.

Acropora prostrata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Acropora prostrata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branches.

Acropora prostrata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora prostrata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing radial corallites.

Acropora prostrata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing axial corallite.

Acropora prostrata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing axial corallite.