831 species

Acropora solitaryensis

Veron and Wallace, 1984


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies consist of flat, highly fused, basal branches with irregular upright branchlets. Colonies may be over 2 metres across and can sometimes form a single solid plate. Axial corallites are tubular and distinct. Radial corallites are immersed on older parts of colonies, becoming tubular with nariform openings on peripheral parts.

Colour: Dark brown or green.

Similar Species: Acropora natalensis and A. branchi. See also A. glauca, which has a similar growth-form but has rounded peripheral corallites and indistinct axial corallites. Acropora divaricata and A. stoddarti may have similar corallites; the former seldom forms flat plates, the latter always does. Colonies in some exposed habitats resemble A. sukarnoi.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments and rocky foreshores in subtropical locations.

Abundance: Common at subtropical locations, rare elsewhere.

Taxonomic Note: A species complex.

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