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Acropora pharaonis is found in colonies of flat table-like structures, or simply in structures of clumped vertical or horizontal twisted branches. Colonies can have heights over 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) and they are orderly and symmetrical. Branchlets are of lengths up to 250 millimetres (9.8 in) with diameters of 10 to 25 millimetres (0.39 to 0.98 in) and branchlets can reach 20 millimetres (0.79 in) long and have 3 to 8 millimetres (0.12 to 0.31 in) diameters. Brown-grey in colour with branches having pale tips, the branches become thinner towards the ends and contain many small branchlets, which contain axial, incipient axial, and radial corallites. The axial corallites, located on the ends of the branchlets, are small with outer diameters of between 1.5 and 2.6mm and inner diameters of 0.6-1.5mm. Incipient axial corallites frequently occur on the branchlets, giving them a spikey surface. The radial corallites are located in close proximity and contain small nose-shaped openings and randomly placed spinules. This species looks similar to Acropora clathrata, Acropora parapharaonis, and Acropora plumosa. It is found in a marine environment on the slopes of tropical reefs at depths between 5 and 25 m (16 and 82 ft). Its mineralised tissue is composed of aragonite (calcium carbonate).

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Animalia: Cnidaria: Scleractinia: Anthozoa: Acroporidae: Acropora pharaonis

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