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Acropora subglabra

(Brook, 1891)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies form thickets of intertwining bottlebrush branches, often with only the distal 200 millimetres being alive. Branches divide irregularly and at frequent intervals to give a bushy colony shape. Axial and incipient axial corallites are tubular and tapered. Radial corallites are short and appressed.

Colour: Pale brown, often with yellow branchlet tips.

Similar Species: Acropora echinata and A. carduus. Usually found with A. echinata, which has much longer axial corallites.

Habitat: Usually restricted to protected back reefs with clear water and soft substrates.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

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