831 species

Acropora aculeus

(Dana, 1846)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are corymbose clumps. Horizontal branches are thin and spreading. Upward-projecting branchlets are fine. Axial and radial corallites are not clearly differentiated at branchlet tips. Radial corallites on branch sides are nariform, with slightly flaring lips.

Colour: Usually grey or bright blue-green or yellow. Tips of branches may be yellow, lime green, pale blue or brown.

Similar Species: Acropora elegantula. See also species forming irregular corymbose plates, especially A. latistella and A. subulata. These species are readily differentiated by colony shape, clearly formed axial corallites, and tubular and appressed radial corallites.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Usually common in the central Indo-Pacific, uncommon elsewhere.

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