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What are the twenty coral species commonly found in Hong Kong Marine Parks?

Classification of corals?

Description of twenty selected coral species commonly found within Hong Kong Marine Park Areas

Acropora pruinosa (Brook, 1893)

Family: Acroporidae
Genus: Acropora
Species: pruinosa
Field characteristics: Colonies have branching growth form. Branching colonies either bush or plate shaped. Shape is dependent on the physical environment as bushy colonies are recorded from shallow, sheltered coral habitats and can form large single beds. Plate-like forms are recorded from deeper, semi-exposed coral habitats. Branches are thin and brown with tubular, white tips. The white polyps are often observed semi- or fully expanded during the day. Bushy growth forms can exhibit irregular branching pattern and form compact thickets. Plate-like growth forms have long, fused branches with corallites all on upper side of branches for maximum light absorption and feeding.
Abundance: Uncommon
Distribution : Distribution range includes the eastern and northeastern waters of Hong Kong with isolated records made in the southern and southeastern waters. Typically not abundant but isolated individuals can be recorded in well-established coral communities. Exceptions, however, have been recorded for a few communities in the eastern and northeastern waters of Hong Kong where this species will be either abundant in small patches or forming large mono-specific beds. Recorded was made from Hoi Ha Wan, Tung Ping Chau and Yan Chau Tong Marine Parks.

Acropora pruinosa Acropora pruinosa
Acropora pruinosa

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Last Review Date : 22 March 2017