Acropora (Isopora) palifera   (Lamarck)  1816 (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Hexacorallia
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

Description
Color: Living corals are pale cream, green or brown in color.

Colonies are sturdy with wedge-shaped branches. Colonies may be encrusting in strong currents. Radial corallites are large, appressed tubular with 'horseshoe' shaped dimidiate openings and thick calicular walls. Two cycles of septa are usually complete and subequal. Septa are irregularly dentate. Coenosteum is densely covered with flattered spines with elaborate tips.

It is the common Isopora species. It is very broadly distributed and occurs in a variety of forms.

Hermaphroditic, sexual, brooder.


Synonym (s)
Astrea palifera Lamarak 1816

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Predator:  Butterfly fishes (Chaetodon trifascialis and Chaetodon trifasciatus)

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• MADAGASCAR

Literature Source(s)
  • Venkataraman, K; Satyanarayana, CH; Alfred, JRB and Wolstenholme, J (2003) Handbook on hard corals of India ZSI, Kolkata 266 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Wafar, MVM and Wafar, S (2001) 101 questions on corals: Towards awareness National Institute of Oceanography, Goa and Administration of the U.T. of Lakshadweep 81 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Graham, NAJ (2007) Ecological versatility and the decline of coral feeding fishes following climate driven coral mortality Marine Biology Springer Berlin / Heidelberg 153(2) 119-127 Available at - http://www.springerlink.com/content/9603851204hwv725/fulltext.pdf
  • Advanced Aquarist Available at - http://www.advancedaquarist.com/

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