Photo by Gerick Bergsma
|Throughout the Indo-pacific, including the Red Sea, Indonesia, Australia, Japan and Polynesia.
|Shallow back-reef and lagoon areas.
|Staghorn Coral receive energy from sunlight via photosynthetic symbionts (zooxanthellae) and plankton captured using stinging cells.
|Many fish use the dense stands of A. pulchra, which may grow up to 5 meters across, as refuge. The maze of holes and crevices formed between the branches are too small and difficult to maneuver for many of the reef's larger predators, and provide an ideal habitat for juvenile fish to grow.
|- Australian Institute of Marine Science
- Nancy Muehllehner's Graduate Research
- What are Corals?
- Moorea Biocode Database