831 species

Acropora variolosa

(Klunzinger, 1879)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies consist of open thickets of sturdy tapered upright branches. Axial corallites are moderately large and tubular to dome-shaped. Radial corallites are of mixed sizes, the largest being tubular and exsert, with thick walls and small openings. The coenosteum is fine.

Colour: Brown-purple with pale tips.

Similar Species: Acropora rudis, which has much larger branches and larger barrel-shaped corallites, with radial corallites restricted to the upper side of branches. See also A. hemprichii which has thinner branches and smaller corallites.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

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