Taxon name selected

Acropora formosa (Dana, 1846)


Synonym of

Target Taxon

Acropora muricata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Selected taxon name information

Authority reference(s):

Dana, J.D. (1846a). Zoophytes, in United States Exploring Expedition. During the years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. Under the command of Charles Wilkes, U.S.N. (Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard), 7:1-740. (For species details see pp. 473-474 and Plate 38, Figs. 4 & 4a; Plate 31, Figs. 2a-b)

Taxonomic note: The most widely used name for Acropora species. See Wallace (1999) for taxonomic history. This synonymy is open to doubt and needs further study

Taxonomic reference(s):

Wallace, C.C. (1999). Staghorn corals of the world. A revision of the genus Acropora. Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing. 422pp.

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Authority reference(s):

Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Regnum Animale. Holmiae, Editio Decima, Reformata. 824pp. (For species details see p. 792)

Taxonomic note: A species complex. See Wallace (1999) for taxonomic history. Formerly widely known as Acropora formosa this change is supported here in the interests of stability