Acropora desalwii   Wallace,  1994 (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

Description

Colour: Pale brown, blue (which may photograph pink) or green, usually with distinct colouration of the colony margins.

Characters: Colonies are corymbose plates with crowded branchlets. Branchlets at the colony perimeter are mostly horizontal and distinct from those from the rest of the colony. Branchlets may have more than one axial corallite. Axial corallites and incipient axial corallites are long, tubular and upright, except towards plate margins where they are similar to radial corallites.


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Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats
(Members of this genus have a low resistance and low tolerance to bleaching and disease, and are slow to recover.)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Threats include coral removal and harvesting for display in aquariums and for the curio-trade. Acropora species are in the top three genera collected for the aquarium trade.)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Predator:  Acanthaster planci, the crown-of-thorns starfish
IUCN Status:  Vulnerable

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Kondul Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2011) Animal discoveries 2010 Zoological Survey of India 1-107 Available at - http://zsi.gov.in/right_menu/Animal_disc/Animal%20Discovery%202010.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • Arkive: Images of life on earth Available at - http://www.arkive.org/
  • Corals of the World online Available at - http://coral.aims.gov.au/
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/

Page last updated on:2013-04-12

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