Acropora palmata   (Lamarck, 1816)

elkhorn coral
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Anthozoa | Scleractinia | Acroporidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 30 m (Ref. 83917).  Tropical; 28°N - 9°N, 98°W - 60°W (Ref. 846)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Atlantic.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm

Short description Morphology

Species forms the largest colonies of all Acropora, with parallel, obliquely inclined, very thick, tapered branches. Corallites are tubular and irregular in length. Axial corallites are indistinct. Color can either be tan or pale brown with white axial corallites.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Maximum depth from Ref. 116012. Zooxanthellate (Ref. 116012). Found in shallow areas of high wave action, especially reef crests (Ref. 415) and submerged reef tops (Ref. 86439). 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).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Wallace, C.C. 1999. (Ref. 86439)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)

  Critically Endangered (CR) (A2ace); Date assessed: 01 January 2008

CITES status (Ref. 108899)


CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses


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Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Hexacorallians of the World | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 26.5 - 28.2, mean 27.5 (based on 464 cells).
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown