831 species

Acropora elseyi

(Brook, 1892)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are shaped like fir trees, with bottlebrush-like radiating sub-branches increasing in length down main branches. The degree of branch development varies greatly with environment. Axial and radial corallites are similar. Both are small with thick rounded walls.

Colour: Yellow or cream with pale branch tips.

Similar Species: Acropora carduus, which has similar corallite dimensions but an irregular shape. See also A. longicyathus and A. subglabra neither of which are fir tree-like.

Habitat: Shallow reef slopes and fringing reefs.

Abundance: Common and may form extensive single species stands.

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