False Flower Coral (Anacropora forbesi)

Also known as Antler Coral, Briar Coral, Branching Coral, Staghorn Coral


Also known as Antler Coral, Briar Coral, Branching Cora, Staghorn Coral.

Found in colonies, often forming thickets with evenly spaced branches over murky shallow and deep water substrates of coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on plankton.
Colours brown and have pale branch ends.
Length - ?cm
Depth - 0-25m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Stony corals have hard stony skeletons, their polyps have six tentacles or are made up of multiples of six. These are usually nocturnal, however if the sky's are overcast, then many will feed during the day.
Generally the more robust corals life on exposed areas, while the smaller corals live in sheltered lagoons or deeper waters.
Stony corals are reef building corals and embedded in their flesh are thousands of minute single-celled marine plants called zooxanthellae which accounts for their colour.
These corals support a huge diversity of life, their main predator being the crown-of-thorns sea star. (edit) Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacropora_forbesi


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