Acropora (Isopora) brueggemanni   (Brook)  1893 (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Hexacorallia
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

Description
Color: Green, white or pale brown in color.

Colonies are arborescent with cylindrical-shaped and tapering branches of varying length, with blunt ends and one or more immersed axial corallites. Radial corallites are evenly sized, mostly not touching, short conical or tubular appressed with round openings. Colonies can occur as isolated clumps or extensive thickets that sometimes dominate in reef edges. Colonies occur as isolated clumps or extensive arborescent thickets with terete branching. Some branch tips have more than one axial corallite.

Hermaphroditic, sexual, brooder.

This species reproduces by brooding its young and releasing fully developed planula larvae into the water.


Synonym (s)
Madrepora brueggemanni 1893

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

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

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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

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