Acropora millepora

Acropora millepora (7) coral polyps extended daytime Reefscapers Maldives

Coral Description

Taxonomy:

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

Appearance:

  • Growth form is corymbose cushions
  • Short and uniform branches
  • Polyps often extended during the day giving a “fuzzy” appearance

Colour: Often brightly coloured green, pink, or blue. Tips often lighter colour.

Axial Corallites: Distinctive and tubular

Radial Corallites:

  • Crowded, uniform size
  • Prominent lower edges gives overall scaly appearance

Similar species: Acropora hyacinthus forms plates and polyps not extended during day.

Environment: Shallow reef flats, lagoons and upper reef slopes.