831 species

Acropora batunai

Wallace, 1997


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are corymbose, cushion-like or form tables up to approximately one metre across. They have prostrate horizontal branches with short upright branchlets. Axial, incipient axial and radial corallites intergrade; all are small, tubular and sharp edged. Branchlets tend to have a bottlebrush arrangement of radial corallites.

Colour: Pale brown, blue (which may photograph pink) or grey.

Similar Species: Acropora fragilis, which has smaller branchlets and peripheral radial corallites with nariform openings. See also A. desalwii and A. microclados.

Habitat: Shallow protected reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

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