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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAcropora irregularis (Brook, 1892) 
AphiaID: 206993

Classification: Biota > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnimalia (Kingdom) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCnidaria (Phylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnthozoa (Class) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorHexacorallia (Subclass) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorScleractinia (Order) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAcroporidae (Family) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAcropora (Genus) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAcropora irregularis (Species)
Status Unaccepted: synonym, or anything that is not accepted unaccepted (synonymy)
Accepted name  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAcropora abrotanoides (Lamarck, 1816)
Rank Species
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAcropora Oken, 1815
Sources  original description Brook G (1892) Preliminary descriptions of new species of Madrepora in the collections of the British Museum. Part II. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 10: 451-465. [details]

source of synonymy Sheppard, C.R.C. (1987). Coral species of the Indian Ocean and adjacent seas: a synonymised compilation and some regional distribution patterns. Atoll Research Bulletin Nr 307 [details]

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Environment marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
Distribution 
From other sources
Indian Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorAldabra [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorChagos [details]
Mozambique
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMozambique [details]
Republic of Mauritius
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMauritius [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorRodriguez [details]
Seychelles
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSeychelles [details]
(no group)
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorEast Africa [details]
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Biodiversity Heritage Library (5 publications) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo IUCN Red List 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo USNM Invertebrate Zoology Cnidaria Collection 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo ITIS
Notes 
From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorAuthority Authority given as (Bruggeman) in Fauré (1977), Sheer & Pillai in Sheppard (1998). [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription A magnificent and large Acropora, reaching a metre or more in height and breadth. Main branches sweep upwards, often reversing direction sharply. Lateral fusion of smaller side branches causes branch ends to become spade like, and further fusion may even lead to the development of semi-circular funnel shaped structures. It has been confused with Acropora pharaonis, but mainly because both are of similar and large size. A. pharaonis has tapering main branches, while A. irregularis does not - indeed the fusion of the many smaller branches forms thickening spade-like structures at the ends of branches. A. irregularis is more like a smaller version of the Caribbean elk-horn coral, A. palmata. A. stoddarti is also large and possibly confused with A. Irregularis. Pillai & Scheer 1976 provide a redescription. Given its impressive size, Brooks name (probably done from fragments) is unfortunate! (Sheppard, 1998). [details]
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:206993
Taxonomic
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Date   action   by
1997-02-03 11:04:28Z  created  Vanden Berghe, Edward
2000-09-28 07:24:50Z  changed  Garcia, Maria
2014-02-04 21:27:13Z  changed  Hoeksema, Bert
  
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  Citation: Hoeksema, B. (2014). Acropora irregularis (Brook, 1892). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=206993 on 2014-12-27
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