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Acropora cervicornis

(Lamarck, 1816)

Colonies may form stands several metres across. They are arborescent, composed of cylindrical branches which subdivide infrequently. Corallites are tubular; axial corallites are distinctive.

Colour: Pale brown or tan with white axial corallites.

Habitat: Upper to mid reef slopes and lagoons with clear water.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Acropora formosa , Acropora prolifera

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Roos (1971), Cairns (1982), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guides: Colin (1978), Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora cervicornis.  Caribbean.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cervicornis.Caribbean.null.Charlie Veron.

Acropora cervicornis.  Caribbean.  Open branched colony in a lagoon.  Paul Humann.

Acropora cervicornis.Caribbean.Open branched colony in a lagoon.Paul Humann.

Acropora cervicornis.  Caribbean.  Compact colonies in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cervicornis.Caribbean.Compact colonies in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Acropora cervicornis.  Caribbean.  Corallite detail.  Paul Humann.

Acropora cervicornis.Caribbean.Corallite detail.Paul Humann.

Acropora cervicornis.  Caribbean.  Compact colonies in shallow water.  Nancy Sefton.

Acropora cervicornis.Caribbean.Compact colonies in shallow water.Nancy Sefton.

Acropora cervicornis.  Caribbean.  Corallite detail.  Nancy Sefton.

Acropora cervicornis.Caribbean.Corallite detail.Nancy Sefton.

Acropora cervicornis.  Caribbean.  Typical appearance on a shallow reef flat.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora cervicornis.Caribbean.Typical appearance on a shallow reef flat.Charlie Veron.

Acropora cervicornis.  Caribbean.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora cervicornis.Caribbean.Showing branch tip.

Acropora cervicornis.  Caribbean.  Showing a branch.

Acropora cervicornis.Caribbean.Showing a branch.

Acropora cervicornis.  Caribbean.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora cervicornis.Caribbean.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora cervicornis.  Caribbean.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora cervicornis.Caribbean.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora cervicornis.  Caribbean.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora cervicornis.Caribbean.Showing radial corallites.