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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAcropora formosa (Dana, 1846) 
AphiaID: 207036

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)
Status Unaccepted: synonym, or anything that is not accepted unaccepted (synonymy)
Accepted name  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAcropora muricata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Rank Species
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAcropora Oken, 1815
Sources  original description Dana, J.D. 1846. United States Exploring Expedition during the years 1838-1842. Zoophytes 7: 1-740. Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia. [details]

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Environment marine, fresh, terrestrial
Distribution 
From other sources
Federal Republic of Somalia
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSomalia [details]
Indian Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorChagos [details]
Madagascar
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMadagascar [details]
Mozambique
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMozambique [details]
Red Sea
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorRed Sea [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]
Host of  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAsteropontius laccadivensis Nair & Pillai, 1984 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorEcphysarion lobophorum (Humes & Ho, 1968) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorScyphuliger tenuatus (Humes, 1990) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorXarifia basilica Humes, 1985 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorXarifia bullifera Humes, 1985 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorXarifia bullifera Humes, 1985 (parasitic: endoparasitic)
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Barcode of Life (1 barcode) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Biodiversity Heritage Library (23 publications) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Encyclopedia of Life 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo GenBank (30 nucleotides; 25 proteins) 
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 editorBiology zooxanthellate [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription 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]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution Central Indo-Pacific to Japan [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorType locality Type locality: Fiji and Sulu Sea (Veron, 1986). [details]
Images Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editor[show unreviewed]
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:207036
Taxonomic
Edit history
 
Date   action   by
1997-02-03 14:17:27Z  created  Vanden Berghe, Edward
2000-09-28 07:24:50Z  changed  Garcia, Maria
2008-01-16 10:35:54Z  changed  van der Land, Jacob
2013-09-15 20:51:10Z  changed  Hoeksema, Bert
  
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  Citation: Hoeksema, B. (2014). Acropora formosa (Dana, 1846). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=207036 on 2014-04-19
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