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Acropora vaughani

Wells, 1954


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are usually open branched, becoming bushy on upper reef slopes and in shallow lagoons. Main branches may have compact branchlets giving colonies a bushy appearance. Incipient axial corallites may be abundant. Radial corallites are widely spaced and vary in length. The coenosteum is fine, giving branches a smooth appearance, visible underwater.

Colour: Uniform blue (which may photograph pink), cream or pale brown.

Similar Species: Acropora horrida. See also A. austera, which may have a similar colony shape but has larger, more compact radial corallites. See also A. tortuosa and A. rufus.

Habitat: Turbid water around fringing reefs.

Abundance: Uncommon.

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