831 species

Acropora nasuta

(Dana, 1846)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are irregularly corymbose with elongate tapering branchlets. Axial corallites are tubular. Radial corallites are usually in neat rows and are distinctively nariform in shape.

Colour: Cream or pale brown with blue branch tips (which may photograph pink), cream with brown corallites or greenish-brown with purple or blue corallites.

Similar Species: Acropora cerealis, which has interlocking branches and radial corallites with flaring lips. Acropora valida has appressed radial corallites. See also A. latistella and A. subulata, which have smaller branchlets and corallites.

Habitat: All Acropora assemblages but especially those of upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

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