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

Family Acroporidae
updated Nov 2019
Where seen? This hard coral with stout branches that resemble deer horns is sometimes seen on our undisturbed Southern shores.

Features: Colonies 15-20cm, usually small clumps. Rather thick stems that branch near the tips so that the colony resembles horns. The branches don't interlock. Generally, the axial corallite at the growing tip is large and cylindrical. The radial corallites are smoothly tubular in some, rounded in others, and form a rosette around the axial corallite. Colours seen include brown and maroonish.

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, Jun 07

Pulau Semakau, Mar 07

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.

Staghorn acropora corals on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


Lazarus Island, Jan 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Kusu Island, Jun 21
Photo shared by Vincent Choo on facebook.


Pulau Semakau East, Jan 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Pulau Salu, Apr 21
Photo shared by Loh Koh Sheng on facebook.
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