Acropora pharaonis   (Milne Edwards & Haime,  1860) (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

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Description
Large, arborescent colonies with a unique shape, reaching 2 m tall and 1 m wide. A single stem, or multiple intertwining stems, rise vertically from the substrate. Repeated branching of the stem gives rise to a mass of branches which flare upwards. Stems of large colonies may exceed 20 cm diameter, and there is a continual, steady tapering of branch diameter from stem to branchlet tips. Coenosteum is rough, and radial calices are tubular.


Synonym (s)
Acropora scandens Klunzinger, 1879
Acropora pharaonis (Milne Edwards & Haime, 1860)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
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


• MADAGASCAR
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy (Lat: 8.28) (Long: 73) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Atoll INDIA

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