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Acropora maryae

Veron, 2000


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are usually upright compact bushes, but may form thick plates. Branches are short and sub-branches are frequent. Axial and incipient axial corallites are large and dome-shaped, with thick walls. They may become long and tubular. Radial corallites are small and inconspicuous. All corallites are smooth and rounded. The coenosteum is smooth.

Colour: Usually uniform blue (which may photograph pink) or cream.

Similar Species: Acropora loripes, which has more exsert (pocket-like) radial corallites and is not uniformly coloured. See also A. rosaria and A. squarrosa.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

Taxonomic Note: Distinct species. Placed in synonymy with Acropora squarrosa by Wallace, Done and Muir (2012), apparently a nomenclatorial issue. These species, as illustrated here, are clearly distinct, see A. squarrosa for a summary of the issues involved.

Taxonomic References: Veron (2000a); Veron (2002a);

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