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Acropora pruinosa

(Brook, 1893)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies branch irregularly forming small compact thickets. Branches are typically contorted. Axial corallites are elongate and tubular. Radial corallites are strongly appressed and short except towards branch ends where they become elongate.

Colour: There are two colour morphs, greenish and brown.

Similar Species: Acropora proximalis, which has straighter and finer branches. See also A. tumida, which has more robust branches and differently shaped axial and radial corallites.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores in shallow turbid water.

Abundance: Locally common in mainland Japan.

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