Acropora Palmata - Elkhorn Coral #01402
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21"L x 17"W x 3"H
This species forms the largest colonies of all Acropora (commonly 4 meters across, 2 meters high, with bases 0.4 meters thick) with parallel, obliquely inclined, very thick tapered branches. Branches are horizontally flattened towards their extremities. Corallites are tubular and irregular in length. Axial corallites, if formed at all, are indistinct.
Common Color: Tan or pale brown with white axial corallites.
Habitat: Shallow outer reef slopes exposed to wave action.
Abundance: Usually common and conspicuous.
Similar species: Acropora prolifera