Methodology: Growth form derived from Wallace et al (2012) textual descriptions

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  • Three species not in our species list
    • Acropora sirikitae
    • Acropora arafura
    • Acropora eibli (Pillai & Sheer 1976)
    The relevant morphological traits are:
    • “Colony outline” – 1= determinate [“colony grows to a more or less predictable outline”] vs 0 = indeterminate [“colony grows apparently without any intrinsic restriction”]
    • “Predominant outline” ie colony growth form using the following 11 categories defined in Wallace 1999
    Descriptions modified from Wallace 1999:
    • Arborescent: branches of similar length given off at a similar angles. Open-branching
    • Arborescent-table: open branched tables
    • Corymbose: flat topped clumps
    • Caespitose: branches in clusters or tufts. Closed branching
    • Caespitose-corymbose: flat topped closed branching clumps
    • Hispidose: arborescent except with a second type of branch given off at regular intervals around the primary branch
    • Table: colony outline in the shape of a table i.e. a top with one central leg or pedicle
    • Plate: a side-attached table
    • Encrusting: adhering to or overlaying the substratum
    • Elkhorn: branches in the shape of the horns of an Elk
    • Cuneiform: branches shaped like a wedge

    Three species have two categories A. pruinosa, A. rongelapensis, A. tumida the rest have only one

    They also state that two species are unattached from which I assume the rest are attached

Used for traits:

Added by: Andrew Baird

Observations using this methodology

Acropora abrolhosensis

Acropora abrotanoides

Acropora aculeus

Acropora acuminata

Acropora anthocercis

Acropora arabensis

Acropora aspera

Acropora austera

Acropora awi

Acropora batunai

Acropora bushyensis

Acropora carduus

Acropora caroliniana

Acropora cerealis

Acropora cervicornis

Acropora chesterfieldensis

Acropora clathrata

Acropora cytherea

Acropora dendrum

Acropora derawanensis

Acropora desalwii

Acropora digitifera

Acropora divaricata

Acropora donei

Acropora downingi