831 species

Acanthastrea bowerbanki

Haime and Milne Edwards, 1857


Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848

Characters: Colonies are encrusting and usually small. Corallites are cerioid, with irregular angular shapes. A central corallite is often conspicuous. Septa are compact and columellae are small. Colonies are not fleshy.

Colour: Usually pale grey, brown or rust coloured, often mottled.

Similar Species: Sometimes superficially resembles small colonies of Moseleya latistellata. If a central corallite is inconspicuous it resembles Favites. See also Acanthastrea hemprichii and A. rotundoflora.

Habitat: Lower reef slopes protected from wave action.

Abundance: Rare except in subtropical localities of eastern Australia.

Taxonomic References: Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Veron (1986a); Turak and DeVantier (2011b);

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change