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Acropora lianae

Nemenzo, 1967

Colonies form compact bushes up to 0.5 metres across. Axial and incipient axial corallites are distinctive. Radial corallites are usually a mixture of sizes and are short, barrel-shaped, and strongly appressed.

Colour: Dark lower parts of branches and white upper parts.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments, especially on horizontal substrates.

Abundance: Sometimes common and may be a dominant species.

Similar species: Acropora loripes , Acropora valida

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Nemenzo (1967).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora lianae.  Sri Lanka.  Large colonies consist of small cushion-shaped clusters of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora lianae.Sri Lanka.Large colonies consist of small cushion-shaped clusters of branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora lianae.  Sri Lanka.  Colonies on a sheltered reef flat.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora lianae.Sri Lanka.Colonies on a sheltered reef flat.Charlie Veron.

Acropora lianae.  Sri Lanka.  Surface detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora lianae.Sri Lanka.Surface detail of branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora lianae.  Sri Lanka.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora lianae.Sri Lanka.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora lianae.  Sri Lanka.  Showing whole colony.

Acropora lianae.Sri Lanka.Showing whole colony.

Acropora lianae.  Sri Lanka.  Showing branchlets.

Acropora lianae.Sri Lanka.Showing branchlets.

Acropora lianae.  Sri Lanka.  Showing branchlets.

Acropora lianae.Sri Lanka.Showing branchlets.