With its creamy strawberry exterior the Australian Red Planet Acro Coral (Acropora sp.) is visually appealing to both humans and aquatic life.
The Acropora Coral (Acropora suharsonoi) is a genus of small polyp stony coral found within the phylum Cnidaria family. Some of its most popular varieties of this coral include; the Table Coral, Elkhorn Coral, and Staghorn Coral. The number of different Acropora Coral species is debatable, some experts put the number as low as 149 unique species, while others put the number as high as 350 unique species. These corals are ones that are the most responsible for building the immense calcium carbonate substructure that supports the thin living skin of a reef.
Depending on the species and location, the Acropora Coral can grow as plates, broad or slender branches. Like other corals, Acropora Corals are colonies of individual polyps, which are roughly 2 mm across and share some tissue, as well as a nerve network. The polyps can withdraw back into the coral in response to movement or disturbance by potential predators, but when uninterrupted, they protrude slightly. The polyps usually extend further at nig