Acropora diversa   (Brook)  (Hard Coral)
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Class: Anthozoa

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Corallum caespitose, several branches arise from an expanding base. Branches digitiform with slightly tapering tip; 6-8 cm long 1-1.5 cm thick at the base. Axial corallites 3 mm at the apex; broader at the base; 1.5 mm exsert. Septa 12. Radial corallites tubular 5-6 mm long, 2-3 mm thick. Some large radials with buds are 7 mm long. A few subimmersed corallites are found scattered. Septa are usually 6. Surface striated with weak echinulations. This species differs from Acropora valida in the nature of radial corallites.

Synonym (s)
Madrepora diversa Brook, 1893
Acropora diversa Pillai, 1986

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Tamil Nadu, Kariyachalli Island (Lat: 8.95) (Long: 78.23) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vaan Island (Lat: 8.83) (Long: 78.21) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA (Record: 1964-1966)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA (Record: 1964-1966)
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 1964-1966)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Coral reefs species in India Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Edward, JKP; Patterson, J; Venkatesh M; Mathews, G; Chellaram, C and Wilhelmsson D (2004) A field guide to stony corals (Scleractinia) of Tuticorin in Gulf of Mannar, southeast coast of India SDMRI special research publication no. 4 SDMRI, Tuticorin, India 80 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Pillai, CSG (1971) Composition of the coral fauna of the southeastern coast of India and the Laccadives Symposium of the zoological society of London 28 301-327 Available at -
  • Pillai, CSG (1967) Studies on Indian corals 5. Preliminary report on new records of Hermatypic corals of the suborder Astrocoeniinan Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 9 (2) 412-422 Available at -

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