831 species

Acropora ocellata

(Klunzinger, 1879)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are digitate. Branches are thick, tapering to a small axial corallite. Small branchlets or incipient axial corallites usually occur at the base of main branches. Radial corallites are of two sizes, the smaller are immersed, the larger are round and evenly spaced.

Colour: Pale brown with white branch tips.

Similar Species: Acropora arabensis. The colony shape is like A. humilis, axial corallites are like A. monticulosa and incipient axial corallites are like A. gemmifera. See also A. chesterfieldensis.

Habitat: Outer reef slopes.

Abundance: Rare.

Taxonomic Note: From examination of the holotype Wallace (1999) considered this species a probable synonym of Acropora lutkeni. However, these species are readily separable where they co-occur.

Taxonomic References: Veron (2000a);

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