Acroporidae family; Staghorns, Tables, plus…

The Acroporidae family includes 2 of our favourite hard corals – Staghorn and Table Corals, from the genus Acropora. It also contains the less noticeable Astreopora and Montipora Corals – which have very different growth forms.

Their correct identification is close to impossible, as their growth form is so often determined by their environment!

Identification problems same as for Staghorn Corals.

ie Astreopora and Montipora hard corals. The genus Montipora has the second greatest number of species occurring within the hard corals, but generally they are neither distinctive nor easy to identify...