831 species

Acropora insignis

Nemenzo, 1967


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies form compact irregular corymbose clumps with distal branches much finer than proximal branches. Axial corallites are long and tubular. Radial corallites are widely spaced, immersed on main branches becoming scale-like on distal branches.

Colour: White branches with contrastingly coloured radial corallites. This colour pattern is useful for identification.

Similar Species: Acropora selago, which has a more regular branching pattern with larger and more closely spaced scale-like radial corallites not intermixed with immersed corallites. See also A. sekiseiensis.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic Note: Considered as 'unresolved' by Wallace (1999). This species can usually be separated from similar species by the shape of radial corallites and in the field by having brown radial corallites on white branches.

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