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  Plate Coral (Acropora sp2)





Plate Coral | Acropora sp2 photo
Plate coral photographed at Wilson Island, near the Tropic of Capricorn on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



PLATE CORAL FACTS

Description
Plate Coral is from the same genus as Staghorn Coral. Plate Coral build up large structures of flat overlapping plates.

Food
Plate coral gets most of its nutrients from a single-celled algae called zooxanthellae that grows with it on the reef. Corals can also catch plankton using stinging cells on their tentacles

Breeding
A head of coral grows by asexual reproduction of the individual polyps. Corals also breed sexually by spawning.



Classification
Class:Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae
Genus:Acropora
Species:sp2
Common Name:Plate Coral

Relatives in same Genus
  Staghorn Coral (A. unknown species)