831 species

Acropora hemprichii

(Ehrenberg, 1834)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies consist of open thickets of sturdy prostrate to upright branches. They are frequently over 2 metres across and may form extensive single species stands. Axial corallites are dome-shaped and incipient axial corallites are common. Radial corallites are large and conical. They are irregularly spaced and have thick smooth walls. The coenosteum is smooth.

Colour: Commonly brown or pinkish brown.

Similar Species: Acropora  rudis, which has larger branches and larger corallites, with radial corallites restricted to the upper side of branches. See also A. parahemprichii and A. variolosa.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Taxonomic References: Veron (2000a); Wallace, Done and Muir (2012);

Identification Guides: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991);

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