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Acropora variolosa

(Klunzinger, 1879)

Colonies consist of open thickets of sturdy tapered upright branches. Axial corallites are large and dome-shaped. Radial corallites are of mixed sizes, the largest being tubular and exsert, with thick walls and small openings. The coenosteum is fine.

Colour: Brown-purple with pale tips.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora hemprichii , Acropora rudis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Wallace (1999).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora variolosa.  Madagascar.  Thick branches with bulbous radial corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora variolosa.Madagascar.Thick branches with bulbous radial corallites.Charlie Veron.

Acropora variolosa.  Red Sea.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora variolosa.Red Sea.Showing branch tip.

Acropora variolosa.  Red Sea.  Showing branch ends.

Acropora variolosa.Red Sea.Showing branch ends.

Acropora variolosa.  Red Sea.  Showing branch ends.

Acropora variolosa.Red Sea.Showing branch ends.

Acropora variolosa.  Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Acropora variolosa.Red Sea.Showing branches.