This coral is a staghorn coral. It is a stony coral, meaning it builds a hard skeleton of calcium carbonate on which a colony of soft bodied coral polyps live. When alive the polyps would be cream, purple and blues.

This species, Acropora samoensis, is widely distributed around the world where suitable shallow tropical reef habitat occurs. This specimen came from Wistari Reef in the Capricorn Group off Queensland.

Corals around the world are threatened by reduction in reef habitat from climate change and other human impacts as well as the increased likelihood of bleaching events as global average temperature increases. Populations of Acropora samoensis are not currently declining rapidly and it is not believed to be in imminent danger. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) therefore classifies it as being of Least Concern. International trade in most corals and coral products is illegal and this species is listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to ensure international trade does not threaten its survival in the wild.

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    Capricorn Group, Wistari Reef

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