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Acropora exquisita

Nemenzo, 1971

Colonies are compact thickets of variable shape, with delicate upright branches. Sub-branches are mostly perpendicular to main branches. Axial corallites are very exsert. Radial corallites are of mixed sizes, the smaller are scale-like, the larger are tubular with flaring lips.

Colour: Grey or grey-brown.

Habitat: Shallow protected reef environments, especially lagoons.

Abundance: Common in the Philippines, uncommon elsewhere.

Similar species: Acropora copiosa , Acropora kirstyae , Acropora microphthalma , Acropora parilis , Acropora pectinatus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Nemenzo (1971), Veron (1992). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora exquisita.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Large thicket with characteristically curved tapering branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora exquisita.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Large thicket with characteristically curved tapering branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora exquisita.  Philippines.  Small colony on a shallow sheltered reef slope.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora exquisita.Philippines.Small colony on a shallow sheltered reef slope.Charlie Veron.

Acropora exquisita.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Typical appearance of a small colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora exquisita.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Typical appearance of a small colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora exquisita.  Vietnam.  Detail of radial corallites on the side of a branch.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora exquisita.Vietnam.Detail of radial corallites on the side of a branch.Charlie Veron.

Acropora exquisita.  Philippines.  Branch tips.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora exquisita.Philippines.Branch tips.Charlie Veron.

Acropora exquisita.  Indonesia.  Branch detail.  Doug Fenner.

Acropora exquisita.Indonesia.Branch detail.Doug Fenner.

Acropora exquisita.  Philippines.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora exquisita.Philippines.Showing branch tip.

Acropora exquisita.  Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora exquisita.Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora exquisita.  Vanuatu.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora exquisita.Vanuatu.Showing branch tip.

Acropora exquisita.  Vanuatu.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora exquisita.Vanuatu.Showing radial corallites.

Acropora exquisita.  Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora exquisita.Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.Showing radial corallites.