831 species

Acropora sukarnoi

Wallace, 1997


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are primarily composed of highly fused horizontal branches. These may form tables over 3 metres across or plates with a side attachment. Central parts of colonies may be almost solid. Most colonies, especially peripheral parts, are open branched. There may be few, if any, upturned branches. Corallites are irregular in length and tubular to rasp-like.

Colour: Usually grey.

Similar Species: Acropora  robusta, which has more upright branches and does not form large tables. See also A. abrotanoides and A. pinguis.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments exposed to strong wave action.

Abundance: Sometimes common, especially in the western Indian Ocean.

Taxonomic Note: This species was called Acropora irregularis by Veron (2000a).

Taxonomic References: Wallace (1997); Wallace (1999); Veron (2000a) as Acropora irregularis; Wallace, Done and Muir (2012);

Identification Guides: Turak and DeVantier (2011b);

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: New name for existing species. Acropora irregularis sensu Veron (2000a) (including commentary and illustrations) is newly attributed to Acropora sukarnoi Wallace, 1997