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Acropora abrolhosensis specimens are found in tree-shaped colonies and are pink, blue, or brown, and the branch tips are pale in colour. These tree-shaped colonies consist of several straight branches, which have large axial corallites (at the end of each branch) and the radial corallites (up the side of each branch) contain circular openings and have swollen ends. The colonies can be over 10 m (33 ft) wide and 2 m (6.6 ft) high, and are sometimes compact. Its axial corallites are 2.5 to 3.5 millimetres (0.098 to 0.138 in) in diameter. It is similar to Acropora copiosa and Acropora loisetteae. The species is found at depths of 2 to 18 m (6.6 to 59.1 ft), and is found in enclosed sheltered lagoons and the slopes of sheltered reefs. It is classed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List as the population is decreasing, and is listed under Appendix II of CITES. Its population is unknown, but is likely to be threatened by the global reduction of coral reefs, the increase of temperature causing bleaching, and disease.

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Animalia: Cnidaria: Scleractinia: Anthozoa: Acroporidae: Acropora abrolhosensis

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