831 species

Acropora robusta

(Dana, 1846)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are irregular in shape with encrusting bases and thick conical branches at the centre and with thinner prostrate branches with upturned ends at the periphery. Branches from the central and peripheral part of the same colony have completely dissimilar shapes. Radial corallites are of mixed sizes and shapes but are generally rasp-like.

Colour: Bright green with deep pink branch tips or pinkish-brown, yellow-brown or cream.

Similar Species: Acropora palmerae, A. pinguis and A. abrotanoides.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments, especially reef margins exposed to strong wave action.

Abundance: Common in the central Indo-Pacific.

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