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Acropora crateriformis

(Gardiner, 1898)

Colonies are solid encrusting plates sometimes over one metre diameter. Plates are covered by corallites of irregular sizes and shapes, sometimes with a tendency to form short branchlets. Axial, incipient axial and radial corallites all intergrade and all corallites are smooth and rounded.

Colour: Pale brown, commonly with pink or blue margins.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments, especially reef flats exposed to strong wave action.

Abundance: Common in Indonesia.

Similar species: Acropora cuneata , Acropora minuta

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wallace and Wolstenholme (1998), Wallace (1999).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora crateriformis.  Vanuatu.  Surface of a small colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora crateriformis.Vanuatu.Surface of a small colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora crateriformis.  Indonesia.  Encrusting colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora crateriformis.Indonesia.Encrusting colonies.Charlie Veron.

Acropora crateriformis.  Indonesia.  Surface detail of encrusting colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora crateriformis.Indonesia.Surface detail of encrusting colonies.Charlie Veron.

Acropora crateriformis.  Indonesia.  Surface detail of encrusting colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora crateriformis.Indonesia.Surface detail of encrusting colonies.Charlie Veron.

Acropora crateriformis.  Indonesia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora crateriformis.Indonesia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora crateriformis.  Indonesia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora crateriformis.Indonesia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora crateriformis.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Acropora crateriformis.Indonesia.Showing corallites.

Acropora crateriformis.  Indonesia.  Showing frond surface.

Acropora crateriformis.Indonesia.Showing frond surface.

Acropora crateriformis.  Indonesia.  Showing frond surface.

Acropora crateriformis.Indonesia.Showing frond surface.

Acropora crateriformis.  Indonesia.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora crateriformis.Indonesia.Showing radial corallites.