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Acropora

Acropora echinata

(Dana, 1846)

Thorny Staghorn Coral

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: South Africa to the Maldives, and east to Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Marshall Islands, Samoa and Australia.

Natural Environment: Inhabits protected reef environments in clear water and usually seen at depths between 25 to 85 feet (8 - 25 m).

General Husbandry: See Acropora aculeus for suggested aquarium husbandry.

Taxonomy:

    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Cnidaria

    Class: Anthozoa

    Subclass: Hexacorallia

    Order: Scleractinia

    Family: Acroporidae

    Genus: Acropora

FYI: This bush-like Acropora is sometimes found totally 'blue' in the wild, yet usually cream or white with blue or purple branch tips.

Cultured specimens exist in the trade that exhibit bright colors, therefore ask under what conditions it was grown in, so you may adjust PAR to meet it needs.

 Acropora echinata (Thorny Staghorn Coral)
Photo © Tracy Gray
 Acropora echinata (Thorny Staghorn Coral)
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