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Acropora tanegashimensis

Veron, 1990

Colonies consist of interlocking horizontal branches 9-11 millimetres thick, forming solid or nearly solid plates. Branchlets are short and thick. Axial corallites are hardly distinguishable. Radial corallites are crowded, cup-shaped and form rosettes.

Colour: Brown or greenish-brown.

Habitat: Shallow rocky foreshores exposed to wave action.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Acropora hyacinthus

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 tanegashimensis.  Mainland Japan.  Large plates of finger-like fused branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora tanegashimensis.Mainland Japan.Large plates of finger-like fused branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora tanegashimensis.  Mainland Japan.  Small colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora tanegashimensis.Mainland Japan.Small colonies.Charlie Veron.

Acropora tanegashimensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Acropora tanegashimensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.

Acropora tanegashimensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branchlets.

Acropora tanegashimensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branchlets.

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

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