Acropora valenciennesi   (Milne Edwards & Haime,  1860) (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

Description
Color: Mixtures of brown, blue and green with pale branch ends.

This is a loosely branched, tabular coral, reaching up to 2 m diameter. Branches anastomose, but less than in other table corals, and they do not develop unbroken sheets. Terminal branches are smoother and less friable, up to 3 cm thick. There are no vertical branchlets as in Acropora hyacinthus though many branch ends curve upwards. Corallites are rounded or cylindrical and more regular in pattern and arrangement than in other table corals. Its main branches taper like in Acropora pharaonis, but the latter flares upwards with large sweeps and Acropora valenciennesi is tabular.

Hermaphroditic, broadcast spawning.


Synonym (s)
Madrepora valenciennesi Edwards, M & Haime, 1860
Acropora valenciennesi Scheer & Pillai, 1983

Common Name (s)
• Stony Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Plankton
Predator:  Butterfly fishes (Chaetodon trifascialis and Chaetodon trifasciatus)
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA
• SRI LANKA
• Flores INDONESIA
• Red Sea
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.25) (Long: 79.2) INDIA (Record: 03/2005-05/2005)

Literature Source(s)
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