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Acropora elizabethensis

Veron, 2000

Colonies are columnar or consist of thick irregular upright branches. Branches divide at infrequent intervals and sometimes fuse. One or more poorly defined axial corallites are formed at branch ends. Incipient axial corallites form along ridges. Radial corallites are tubular and irregular in length, giving branch surfaces a rough texture. The coenosteum is composed of fine spinules with elaborated tips.

Colour: Pale to dark brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments and rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Acropora brueggemanni , Acropora palifera

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species was previously considered a subspecies of Acropora palifera restricted to subtropical eastern Australia. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora elizabethensis.  Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Large hemispherical colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elizabethensis.Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.Large hemispherical colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elizabethensis.  Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Characteristic branching pattern.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elizabethensis.Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.Characteristic branching pattern.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elizabethensis.  Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Small colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elizabethensis.Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.Small colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elizabethensis.  Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Branch detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora elizabethensis.Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.Branch detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora elizabethensis.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora elizabethensis.Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora elizabethensis.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Acropora elizabethensis.Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.Showing whole colony.

Acropora elizabethensis.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Showing branch ends.

Acropora elizabethensis.Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.Showing branch ends.

Acropora elizabethensis.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Showing corallites.

Acropora elizabethensis.Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.Showing corallites.

Acropora elizabethensis.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Showing corallites.

Acropora elizabethensis.Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.Showing corallites.