Acropora loripes   (Brook,  1892) (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

Image copyrights: Australian Institute of Marine Sciences

Description
Color: Usually pale blue or brown. Axial corallites are usually whitish.

Colonies have many shapes and may be bottlebrush, caespitose or plate-like. Corallites may be tabular or have thickened walls becoming tubular. Tubular axial corallites may have no radial corallites on one side.

Hermaphroditic, broadcast spawning.



Synonym (s)
Madrepora loripes Brook, 1892
Acropora squarrosa Wallace, 1978

Common Name (s)
• Bluetip Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)
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
(fisheries, human development (industry, settlement, tourism, and transportation), changes in native species dynamics (competitors, predators, pathogens and parasites), invasive species (competitors, predators, pathogens and parasites), dynamite fishing, chemical fishing, pollution from agriculture and industry, domestic pollution, sedimentation, and human recreation and tourism activities)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Shrimp, plankton, squid
Predator:  Butterfly fishes (Chaetodon trifascialis and Chaetodon trifasciatus)
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Flores INDONESIA

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