Isopora palifera

Isopora palifera (2) small colony showing corallites Reefscapers Maldives

Coral Description

Taxonomy:

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

Appearance:

  • Encrusting plates, thick ridges or columns
  • Branches/columns commonly upright but can be horizontal and irregular- growth form depends on wave action

Colour: Pale cream or brown

Axial Corallites:

  • Usually absent

Radial Corallites:

  • Smooth
  • Rounded
  • Exsert

Similar species: Acropora cuneata has smaller and flatter branches with finer, rounder and shorter corallites.

Environment: Wide range of reef environments