Acropora florida (Dana, 1846)
branch coral
photo by FAO

Family:  Acroporidae ()
Max. size:  25 cm BRW (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 35 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific.
Diagnosis:  This hispidose branching coral forms colonies up to several meters in diameter and is common from shallow to intermediate depths throughout its range. It has stout branches up to 25 cm thick that appear "knobby" on the surface due to secondary branchlets of even height (Ref. 269).
Biology:  Common at shallow to intermediate depths throughout its range (Ref. 269). On subtidal reef tops, walls and slopes (Ref. 98471). Hermaphroditic (Ref. 113712). Mature gametes are shed into the coelenteron and spawned through the mouth. Life cycle: The zygote develops into a planktonic planula larva. Metamorphosis begins with early morphogenesis of tentacles, septa and pharynx before larval settlement on the aboral end (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 03 January 2008 Ref. 123251)
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Entered by: Dar, Christine - 11.12.05
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 20.04.16

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