Acropora clathrata   (Brook,  1891) (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

Image copyrights: Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata

Description
Color: Colour: usually brown.

Colonies are tables, usually side attached with generally horizontal radiating, anastomosing branches which may form an almost solid plate. There is usually no development of vertical branches (Source: WoRMS)

Hermaphroditic, broadcast spawning.


Synonym (s)
Madrepora clathrata (Brook, 1891)
Acropora complanata (Brook, 1893)
Acropora orbicularis (Brook, 1892)

Common Name (s)
• Table Coral (English)
• 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:  Butterflyfishes (Chaetodon trifascialis and Chaetodon trifasciatus)
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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