Characters: Colonies are upright bushes or cushion-like. Main branches have secondary and tertiary sub-branches. Axial corallites are large and dome-shaped but not elongate. Radial corallites are bead- or pocket-like. All corallites have thick walls. Colour: Usually cream or brown, sometimes bright blue or pink. Similar species: Acropora loripes, which has a less clearly upright branching pattern and tubular axial corallites which may be naked on one side, and more widely spaced radial corallites. Habitat: Shallow reef environments. Abundance: Sometimes common.