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Acropora torresiana

Veron, 2000


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are digitate. Branches are of uniform thickness and straight or slightly curved. Sub-branches are mostly formed near the base of main branches. Axial corallites are well defined and dome-shaped. Radial corallites are short and tubular, of uniform size and are usually aligned in rows down the sides of branches.

Colour: Pale brown with white corallite openings.

Similar Species: Acropora humilis, which has tapered branches, larger axial corallites and larger, more widely spaced radial corallites.

Habitat: Exposed upper reef slopes and flats.

Abundance: Rare.

Taxonomic Note: This species forms part of a complex with Acropora samoensis and A. wallaceae and was placed in synonymy with Acropora samoensis by Wallace, Done and Muir (2012). However, these species have been clearly differentiated in both field and skeletal studies.

Taxonomic References: Veron (2000a); Veron (2002a);

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