Acropora aspera

Acropora aspera (4) blue-grey colour with polyps extended Reefscapers Maldives

Coral Description

Taxonomy:

Kingdom: Animalia >> Phylum: Cnidaria >> Class: Anthozoa >> Order: Scleractinia >> Family: Acroporidae

Appearance:

  • Corymbose clumps or tables
  • Branches highly variable in length

Colour: Usually pale blue-grey, bright blue, green or cream

Axial Corallites:  Small and distinct

Radial Corallites:

  • Two sizes
  • Crowded
  • Prominent lower lips give scale-like appearance

Similar species: Acropora millepora has radial corallites of uniform size. A. pulchra has finer radial corallites.

Habitat: Shallow reef flats and lagoons, upper reef slopes and deep water.