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Family Acroporidae


Acropora grandis

Leone, Tutuila, American Samoa, 20 feet


Amalau, Tutuila, American Samoa, 15 feet

Utulei, Tutuila, American Samoa, 10 feet


Tutuila, American Samoa


Common on shallow reefs where it forms large bushes.  Thick horizontal or vertical cylindrical branches of varying length depending on wave exposure, large tubular radial corallites with flaring lips, those near branch ends the same size as axial corallites and easily broken.  Rich brown with pale branch tips.  Indo-Pacific excluding Hawaii.

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