WoRMS name details

Acropora formosa (Dana, 1846)

207036  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:207036)

 unaccepted (synonymy)
Species
marine, fresh, terrestrial
Dana, J.D. 1846. United States Exploring Expedition during the years 1838-1842. Zoophytes 7: 1-740. Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia., available online at http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/usexex/navigation/ScientificText/USExEx19_08select.cfm [details]   
Note Fiji and Sulu Sea (Veron, 1986).  
From other sources
Type locality Fiji and Sulu Sea (Veron, 1986). [details]
Description This species forms extensive thickets like Acropora horrida, and can extend across many square metres of loose and sandy...  
Description This species forms extensive thickets like Acropora horrida, and can extend across many square metres of loose and sandy substrate. Branch surfaces are even and fairly regular. Radial corallites are not ragged; they are tubular and may occur in two sizes. Tentacles are not seen during the daytime. Acropora formosa is mainly found in shallow, lagoonal areas without strong wave action (Sheppard, 1998).
Colonies are arborescent, usually forming thickets. Radial corallites may be similar or varied in size, and uniformly or erratically distributed. Colour: usually cream, brown or blue, usually with pale branch ends. Abundance: very common and frequently the dominant species of lagoons and some fringing reef (Veron, 1986).
Forms dense thickets up to 1.5 m high, easily broken by anchors and storms. It is conspicuous and fast-growing (branches may extend 2-6 cm per year) and clearly demonstrates the staghorn shape of may Acropora species. Colour: usually dark grey or brown, with pale pink, purple or blue growing tips. Habitat: maybe dominant in lagoons and sheltered reefs with substantial water movement (Richmond, 1997). [details]

Distribution Central Indo-Pacific to Japan  
Distribution Central Indo-Pacific to Japan [details]
Hoeksema, B.; Cairns, S. (2018). World List of Scleractinia. Acropora formosa (Dana, 1846). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=207036 on 2018-04-21
Date
action
by
1997-02-03 14:17:27Z
created
2000-09-28 07:24:50Z
changed
Garcia, Maria
2008-01-16 10:35:54Z
changed
2013-09-15 20:51:10Z
changed

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original description Dana, J.D. 1846. United States Exploring Expedition during the years 1838-1842. Zoophytes 7: 1-740. Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia., available online at http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/usexex/navigation/ScientificText/USExEx19_08select.cfm [details]   

basis of record Veron, J.E.N. (1986). Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific. Angus & Robertson Publishers, London. [details]   

additional source 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]   

additional source Wallace, C.C., 1999. Staghorn corals of the world: a revision of the coral genus Acropora (Scleractinia; Astrocoeniina; Acroporidae) worldwide, with emphasis on morphology, phylogeny and biogeography. : i-xviii, 1-421. [details]   

additional source Cairns, S.D.; Hoeksema, B.W. & van der Land, J. (2007). as a contribution to UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms. (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Liu J.Y. [Ruiyu] (ed.). (2008). Checklist of marine biota of China seas. China Science Press. 1267 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 
 
 Present  Inaccurate  Introduced: alien 
 

From other sources
Biology zooxanthellate [details]

Description This species forms extensive thickets like Acropora horrida, and can extend across many square metres of loose and sandy substrate. Branch surfaces are even and fairly regular. Radial corallites are not ragged; they are tubular and may occur in two sizes. Tentacles are not seen during the daytime. Acropora formosa is mainly found in shallow, lagoonal areas without strong wave action (Sheppard, 1998).
Colonies are arborescent, usually forming thickets. Radial corallites may be similar or varied in size, and uniformly or erratically distributed. Colour: usually cream, brown or blue, usually with pale branch ends. Abundance: very common and frequently the dominant species of lagoons and some fringing reef (Veron, 1986).
Forms dense thickets up to 1.5 m high, easily broken by anchors and storms. It is conspicuous and fast-growing (branches may extend 2-6 cm per year) and clearly demonstrates the staghorn shape of may Acropora species. Colour: usually dark grey or brown, with pale pink, purple or blue growing tips. Habitat: maybe dominant in lagoons and sheltered reefs with substantial water movement (Richmond, 1997). [details]

Distribution Central Indo-Pacific to Japan [details]

Type locality Fiji and Sulu Sea (Veron, 1986). [details]
 

LanguageName 
Japanese スギノキミドリイシ  [details]