Acropora echinata   (Dana,  1846) (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

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Description
Color: Usually cream or white, with blue or purple branchlet tips. Occasionally entirely blue.

Colonies are composed of prostrate, sometimes intertwined, bottlebrush branches. Secondary branchlets are fine and uniform. There is no distinction between axial and incipient axial corallites. Radial corallites are short and tubular or pocket shaped, indistinct or absent.

Sexual reproduction occurs via the release of eggs and sperm into the water.
Asexual reproduction occurs via fragmentation, when a branch breaks off a colony, reattaches to the substrate and grows.

Similar species: Acropora speciosa, Acropora subglabra which has more irregular branches and shorter corallites.


Synonym (s)
Acropora profusa Nemenzo, 1967
Madrepora echinata Dana, 1846

Common Name (s)
• Table Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Predator:  Butterflyfishes (Chaetodon trifascialis and Chaetodon trifasciatus)
IUCN Status:  Vulnerable

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Bali INDONESIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy (Lat: 8.28) (Long: 73) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Atoll INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA
• INDIA (Record: 1964-1966)

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