Characters: Colonies form thick cushions and bottlebrush branches. Axial and incipient axial corallites are large and elongate and only slightly taper. Radial corallites intergrade with axial corallites, but most are small, appressed and tubular or pocket-like. Colour: Usually cream with delicately coloured corallite tips. Similar species: Acropora echinata, which has smaller corallites and does not form compact cushions. See also A. granulosa. Habitat: Protected reef environments with clear water and a high Acropora diversity. Abundance: Usually uncommon but conspicuous.