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Acropora coral

Acropora cerealis

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Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 11 years ago

Wow, very beautiful spotting

AlvinAngeloA.Salting 12 years ago

hope i was able to help...

ShaumingLo 12 years ago

Thanks Gerardo, AlvinAngelo for the ID, and Dilek Cifci for the comment.

Dilek Cifci
Dilek Cifci 12 years ago


AlvinAngeloA.Salting 12 years ago

Acropora cerealis source: Coral ID by Veron

Characters: Colonies are caespitose or corymbose, composed of branches which interlock in three dimensions. Branches are thin, with most of their width occupied by corallites. Axial corallites are tubular. Radial corallites are tubular and appressed, becoming nariform and conspicuous towards the tips of branches giving colonies a spiny appearance. Colour: Mostly pale brown, cream or white, with purple, pink, blue or cream branch tips. Similar species: Acropora plantaginea. See also A. nasuta, which has nariform radial corallites but is corymbose, and A. kimbeensis, which has much smaller corallites and finer branches. Habitat: Upper reef slopes. Abundance: Common.

Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 12 years ago

Hello Shauming i think is an Acropora nasuta more common as Australia Purple Acropora.
There is a difference in color also there is a pink one.

ShaumingLo 12 years ago

Thanks LarsKorb and LauraMaria, hopefully someone can give the the ID of this staghorn coral.

LauraMaria 12 years ago

This is a kind of acroporid coral (their common name is staghorn corals), I'm not entirely sure on the exact species, but it looks like it's from the genus Acropora :) A stunning photo!

LarsKorb 12 years ago


ShaumingLo 12 years ago

Need someone to help to ID this beautiful coral.

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 18, 2011
Submitted on Jan 18, 2012

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