831 species

Acropora cervicornis

(Lamarck, 1816)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies may form stands several metres across. They are arborescent, composed of cylindrical branches which subdivide infrequently. Corallites are tubular; axial corallites are distinctive.

Colour: Pale brown or tan with white axial corallites.

Similar Species: Acropora muricata of the Indo-Pacific has the same growth-form but corallites have thicker walls and more rounded lips to radial corallites.

Habitat: Upper to mid reef slopes and lagoons with clear water.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

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