The Acroporas form the largest genus of all of the corals, Veron & Wallace (1984) lists 364 species of Acropora. It is usually not possible to accurately identify a given coral without looking in detail at the corallites and septa, for this reason many Acroporas are simply labelled Acropora sp. All the coral identifications that are made here are done so on a basis of overall morphology that can be detected with the naked eye and referenced to Veron (2000).
Acroporas combine some of the highest growth rates with a need for very clean,
nutrient poor water and high intensity lighting. Once these conditions are
provided these corals usually fair very well.