831 species

Acropora valenciennesi

(Milne Edwards, 1860)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies may be over 2 metres across and composed of fused cylindrical horizontal branches with upturned pointed ends. Colonies usually have a side attachment. Branches are widely spaced, equidistant and uniform in shape. Radial corallites are uniform, tubular, and neatly aligned along branches.

Colour: Mixtures of brown, blue and green with pale branch ends.

Similar Species: Acropora hoeksemai. See also A. acuminata, which has smaller, more compact branches and smaller corallites.

Habitat: Upper and lower reef slopes protected from wave action and inter-reef channels.

Abundance: Common.

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