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Acropora simplex

Wallace and Wolstenholme, 1998

Colonies are flat plates commonly over one metre across and consist of flattened branches that are either radiating or irregular. Axial and incipient axial corallites are long and tubular. Radial corallites are widely spaced, irregular in size and shape and face different directions. They are scattered evenly over branch surfaces.

Colour: Tan, usually with pale branch ends.

Habitat: Protected reef slopes.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora elegans

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 simplex.  Indonesia.  Irregular clusters of fused branches.  Doug Fenner.

Acropora simplex.Indonesia.Irregular clusters of fused branches.Doug Fenner.

Acropora simplex.  Indonesia.  Irregular clusters of fused branches.  Doug Fenner.

Acropora simplex.Indonesia.Irregular clusters of fused branches.Doug Fenner.

Acropora simplex.  Indonesia.  Irregular clusters of fused branches.  Doug Fenner.

Acropora simplex.Indonesia.Irregular clusters of fused branches.Doug Fenner.

Acropora simplex.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Acropora simplex.Indonesia.Showing corallites.

Acropora simplex.  Philippines.  Showing skeletal detail.

Acropora simplex.Philippines.Showing skeletal detail.

Acropora simplex.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Acropora simplex.Philippines.Showing corallites.