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Updated 6/28/2016

Family Acroporidae


Acropora samoensis

Amalau, Tutuila, American Samoa, 15 feet


Tafananai, Tutuila, American Samoa, 5 feet


Coconut Point, Tutuila, American Samoa, 20 feet

Sunabe, Okinawa, 10 feet


Common on shallow reefs exposed to wave action.  Hemispherical colonies of curved branches with some side branches, large axial corallites and tubular radial corallites of two sizes.  Acropora gemmifera has radial corallites which increase in size below, Acropora digitifera has straight vertical branches.  Purplish blue or light brown.  Indo-Pacific excluding Hawaii.

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