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Family Acroporidae


Acropora aspera

Utulei, Tutuila, American Samoa


Locally common in a variety of habitats.  Domed plates or clumps with thick branches, crowded radial corallites of two sizes with with cupped lower lip.  Acropora millepora has radial corallites of uniform size.  Cream, gray, brown, or greenish with yellowish branch tips.  Central Indian Ocean to Samoa.

All coral skeletons illustrated are from scientific collections taken prior to 1998.