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Acropora akajimensis

Veron, 1990

Colonies consist of dense thickets of prostrate tapered, curving branches which occasionally fuse. Sub-branches are formed at frequent intervals and branch acutely. Axial corallites are moderately exsert. Incipient axial corallites cover the upper surface of horizontal branches. Radial corallites are of two sizes on main branches. On sub-branches they are exsert and tubular, with fine fluted margins giving colonies a spiky surface.

Colour: Brown, blue and yellow.

Habitat: Shallow reef slopes and flats.

Abundance: Occasionally locally common, usually rare.

Similar species: Acropora exquisita , Acropora parahemprichii , Acropora striata , Acropora tumida

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (1990a). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora akajimensis.  Philippines.  Large colony with characteristically prostrate branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora akajimensis.Philippines.Large colony with characteristically prostrate branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora akajimensis.  Philippines.  Usual branching pattern.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora akajimensis.Philippines.Usual branching pattern.Charlie Veron.

Acropora akajimensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Branch detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora akajimensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Branch detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora akajimensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora akajimensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branch tips.

Acropora akajimensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora akajimensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora akajimensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing whole colony.

Acropora akajimensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing whole colony.

Acropora akajimensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branch ends.

Acropora akajimensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branch ends.

Acropora akajimensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branch ends.

Acropora akajimensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branch ends.