Fine Table Coral (Acropora cytherea)

Also known as Acropora Table Coral, Branching Coral, Staghorn Coral, Table Coral, Tabling Acropora

Description

Also known as Acropora Table Coral, Branching Coral, Staghorn Coral, Table Coral, Tabling Acropora.

Found in colonies over drop-offs, subtidal reef slopes and submerged reefs of lagoons and seaward reefs. Colonies are wide flat tables, usually fine and thin, but maybe more robust in areas with strong or surge currents.
They feed on plankton.
Width - 200cm
Depth - 0-20m
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/Acropora_cytherea

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