Copper Acropora millepora
Coral Type: SPS
Scientific Name: Acropora millepora
Feeding: None - Photosynthetic
Photo Courtesy of: Reeffarmers
Orange and copper-like pigments are some what rare pigments to find within the Acropora corals. The new Copper Acropora millepora develops these pigments in certain areas when maintained in strong light. These pigments are found on branch stems, some branch tips and in the center of the corallites polyps. Corallite ridges form the typical scaly pattern found within the A. millepora. These ridges are bright pink. This A. millepora also extends one elongated polyp tentacle, which is a common trait for millepora. Tentacles are colored bright cream/pink when fully extended and dark red when retracted. Photo and text courtesy of Reeffarmers.