Acropora vaughani   Wells,  1954 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

Description
Color: Uniform blue, cream or pale brown.

Colonies are usually open branched, becoming bushy on upper reef slopes and in shallow lagoons. Main branches may have compact branchlets giving colonies a bushy appearance. Incipient axial corallites are widely spaced and vary in length. The coenosteum is fine, giving branches a smooth appearance, visible underwater.

Broadcast spawning.

Similar species: Acropora horrida, also Acropora austera which may have a similar colony shape but has larger, more compact radial corallites; Acropora tortuosa.



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Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium)
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
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Predator:  Acanthaster planci, the crown-of-thorns starfish, Butterfly fishes (Chaetodon trifascialis and Chaetodon trifasciatus)
IUCN Status:  Vulnerable

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman, Pongibalu INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Andaman and Nicobar Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
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  • Advanced Aquarist Available at - http://www.advancedaquarist.com/
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science Available at - http://www.aims.gov.au/
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
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  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/

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