Antler Branching (Montipora spp)

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The Anther Coral Acropora Montipora spp is one of the familiar branching Acroporas. It belongs to a group of Acroporas called the horrida group. This group of corals all have...
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The Anther Coral

Acropora Montipora spp is one of the familiar branching Acroporas. It belongs to a group of Acroporas called the horrida group. This group of corals all have similar forms, with the branches having a rough surface. Their branching growth forms have been used to describe them with common names such as Antler Coral, Staghorn Acropora, Staghorn Coral, or Branching Acropora.

Although the Antler Coral needs excellent care like all the Acroporas, it is one of the easier Acros to keep in aquaria. They are also easy to identify, having same sized corallites. They come in creams, brown, and pale gray, though aqua cultured specimens are available in blues, greens, and even yellows. A. microphthalma is smaller than the other Staghorns.

Acropora corals are some of the largest, most contributing corals for reef formations in the world. In fact, between the Acropora and Montipora corals, they make up one-third of all reef building coral species. In the wild they are the most tolerant of water temperatures, salinity changes, water movement, and lighting, but in captivity they can prove to be very difficult to keep. In the ocean, they are the first to arrive at a salt water reef and spread quickly. Other corals that arrive later, then tend to move in.

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