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Family Acroporidae

INDO-PACIFIC

Acropora monticulosa

Faga'alu, Tutuila, American Samoa, 20 feet

 

Leone, Tutuila, American Samoa, 25 feet

SMALL MOUNTAIN ACROPORA

Uncommon on shallow reefs exposed to wave action.  Domes or massive sheets with stout conical branches tapering to a rounded tip, axial corallites small, tubular radial corallites of uniform size in rows.  Pink or light brown with pink tips.  Acropora gemmifera has large radial corallites that  increase in size below.  East Africa to Samoa.