Acropora hyacinthus (Dana, 1846)
brush coral
Acropora hyacinthus
photo by Deng Palomares

Family:  Acroporidae ()
Max. size: 
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 52 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific. Tropical to subtropical.
Diagnosis:  This is the classic "table" coral, with long-lived colonies forming tables several metres in diameter. The coral is supported by a central stalk; the main braches anastomose in the horizontal plane, while secondary branchlets all grow vertically to the same height, forming a flat surface (Ref. 269).
Biology:  Common at shallow to intermediate depths throughout its range (Ref. 269). Upper reef slopes; outer reef flats (Ref. 846). Has very high bleaching level and estimated mortality nearing 100% in Palau (Ref. 66144). Hermaphroditic (Refs. 97272, 113708, 113712) (Ref. 113708). Spring to summer (Ref. 113712).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 01 January 2008 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans: 
Country info:  M: Ref. 269.

Entered by: Dar, Christine - 11.12.05
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 30.03.15

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