Acropora nobilis   (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: Cream, brown, blue, yellow and green. Individual colonies are uniform in colour except for the branch ends which are pale.

Colonies are arborescent, usually staghorn-like. Radial corallites are of mixed sizes and shapes. Colonies are small bushes, tending towards developing small tables. Branches are slender. Radial corallites range from being relatively long and slender, often arranged in neat rows, or may be strongly appressed. Axial corallites may be no larger than the radials, or noticeably larger, both features occurring on the same colonies.

Hermaphroditic, broadcast spawning.


Synonym (s)
Acropora canalis Quelch, 1886
Madrepora nobilis Dana, 1846
Acropora nobilis Hoffmeister, 1925
Madrepora secunda Brook, 1893
Madrepora canalis Quelch, 1886
Acropora eminens Marenzeller, 1906

Common Name (s)
• Small Polyp Stone 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
Predator:  Butterfly fishes (Chaetodon trifascialis and Chaetodon trifasciatus)
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Manauli Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Red Sea
• SRI LANKA
• INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kurusadai (Lat: 9.25) (Long: 79.01) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 14) (Long: 94) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 8.53) (Long: 92.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA (Record: 1968-1969)
• Tamil Nadu, Hare Island INDIA
• South India INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman, Pongibalu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Kalapathar (Lat: 10.66) (Long: 92.56) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, New Islet Island INDIA

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