Acropora cytherea

Acropora cytherea (6) large coral colony Reefscapers Maldives

Coral Description

Taxonomy:

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

Appearance:

  • Wide and flat tables
  • Thin and finely structured, unless in high exposure environment
  • Fine upward projecting branchlets
  • Tentacles often extended during day

Colour: Pale cream, brown or blue

Axial Corallites: Exsert

Radial Corallites: Short with open calices

Similar species: Acropora selago has finer branches and corybose growth form. A. hyacinthus axial corallites are not exsert and radial corallites have rosette arrangement.   

Environment: Upper reef slopes and lagoons.