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Acropora

Acropora caroliniana

Nemenzo, 1976

Staghorn Coral

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Papua New Guinea, Philippines south to the Coral sea and Great Barrier Reef.

Natural Environment: Inhabits upper reef slopes where it's seen at depths between 15 to 85 feet (5 - 25 m).

General Husbandry: See Acropora abrolhosensis for suggested aquarium husbandry, except for swifter water movement - WM 3.

Taxonomy:

    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Cnidaria

    Class: Anthozoa

    Subclass: Hexacorallia

    Order: Scleractinia

    Family: Acroporidae

    Genus: Acropora

FYI: Usually takes a somewhat bowl shape and is generally cream colored with pink, blue or purple branch tips in the wild.

If cultured specimens have intense colors, ask under what PAR conditions it was grown in so you may continue to see it maintain its health/colors.

 Acropora caroliniana (Staghorn Coral)
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