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Acropora tutuilensis

Hoffmeister, 1925

Colonies are plate-like, with robust horizontal flat radiating branches. Branches may be highly fused towards the colony centre or may form tiers of dissected plates. Axial corallites are distinctive and commonly form rows along colony margins. Radial corallites are commonly of two sizes, the larger being tubular, the smaller being pocket-shaped and at the base of larger corallites.

Colour: Grey-brown with white margins.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments, especially where exposed to strong currents.

Abundance: Common in Indonesia.

Similar species: Acropora abrotanoides , Acropora clathrata , Acropora irregularis , Acropora orbicularis

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: Some specimens of Hoffmeister?s type series are Acropora listeri. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Hoffmeister?s original description/specimens.

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora tutuilensis.  Indonesia.  Colonies have a wide range of growth-forms ranging from solid plates to irregularly fused branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora tutuilensis.Indonesia.Colonies have a wide range of growth-forms ranging from solid plates to irregularly fused branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora tutuilensis.  Indonesia.  Colonies have a wide range of growth-forms ranging from solid plates to irregularly fused branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora tutuilensis.Indonesia.Colonies have a wide range of growth-forms ranging from solid plates to irregularly fused branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora tutuilensis.  Indonesia.  Colonies have a wide range of growth-forms ranging from solid plates to irregularly fused branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora tutuilensis.Indonesia.Colonies have a wide range of growth-forms ranging from solid plates to irregularly fused branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora tutuilensis.  Indonesia.  Colonies have a wide range of growth-forms ranging from solid plates to irregularly fused branches.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora tutuilensis.Indonesia.Colonies have a wide range of growth-forms ranging from solid plates to irregularly fused branches.Charlie Veron.

Acropora tutuilensis.  Indonesia.  Surface detail of a plate-like colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora tutuilensis.Indonesia.Surface detail of a plate-like colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora tutuilensis.  Indonesia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora tutuilensis.Indonesia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Acropora tutuilensis.  Indonesia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora tutuilensis.Indonesia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Acropora tutuilensis.  Indonesia.  Showing branches.

Acropora tutuilensis.Indonesia.Showing branches.

Acropora tutuilensis.  Indonesia.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora tutuilensis.Indonesia.Showing branch tips.

Acropora tutuilensis.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Acropora tutuilensis.Indonesia.Showing corallites.