The offspring of Acropora rotumana are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Acropora rotumana, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Acropora rotumana, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.
Acropora rotumana (Gardiner, 1898)
Special thanks for the first photo of Acropora rotumana to Scott and Jeannette Johnson, Kwajalein Underwater, Foto Marshall Islands, Kwajalein Atoll.
"The Pacific Elkhorn Acro that made headlines several years ago has an uncanny resemblance to the Caribbean Elkhorn Coral, Acropora palmata. It was a great surprise to find the highly distinctive Pacific Elkhorn Acro growing aplenty in Kwajalein Atoll and in addition to our original images, we made this video of the unique coral in its natural habitat.
There’s a possibility that the Pacific Elkhorn Acro could be Acropora rotumana which was described in 1898 but holotypes were lost, and was therefore the coral was provisionally folded into a distinct growth form of Acropora abrotanoides. In the video you can see the range of appearance that the Pacific Elkhorn Displays and despite the shaky footage, you can see the massive fused basal branches that makes the Pacific Elkhorn Acro so distinctive."