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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Scleractinia > Family Acroporidae > Acropora sp.
Pinecone acropora coral
Acropora sp.*

Family Acroporidae
updated Nov 2019
Where seen? This hard coral with branches that have a rather 'scaly' texture is sometimes seen on some of our Southern shores.

Features: Colonies 10-15cm. Cylindrical branches with blunt tips that do not interlock, forming a bush-like shape. In some the neat branches emerge from a flat base. The axial corallite at the tip of the branch is large and circular with depression in the centre so it resembles a round bead. The radial corallites surround the axial corallite in a rosette. The radial corallites have rather sharp edges, and are closely packed together so that the entire branche resembles a pine cone. Colour generally brown.

There are probably several different species on this page. It's hard to distinguish them without close examination of small features and they are grouped by large external features for convenience of display.

Raffles Lighthouse, Jul 06

Kusu Island, Feb 07

Sentosa, Jul 08

Raffles Lighthouse, Jun 07

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display

Pinecone acropora corals on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

East Coast Park (B), Jun 21

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Pulau Semakau, Feb 09

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Pulau Hantu, Jan 10

Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Terumbu Salu, Jan 10
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