Also known as Blue-tipped Staghorn Coral, Branching Coral, Branching Staghorn Coral, Staghorn Coral.
Found in shallow water exposed to strong wave action over coral and rocky reefs. Isolated small colonies are shaped like upturned hands.
They feed on plankton.
Varies in colour.
Length - 300cm
Depth - 1-12m
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_monticulosa