Tierra Del Fuego Acropora


Genus: Acropora
Acropora sp.
Color: Red, Pink, Purple

Coral Care

Feeding: None - Photosynthetic
Lighting: High
Flow: High
Photo courtesy of: Reeffarmers


Is it red, pink, violet or purple? The correct answer appears to be that the Tierra del Fuego actually contains all of those colorations. Dominant pigments when the coral is under strong light or stressed is violet/purple. When maintained under moderate to weak light, the coral appears more red/pink. Reeffarmers believes that the main pigmentation is a violet/purple that can be seen in the image above. In areas where brown algae pigments are dense, this violet/purple actually appears more red/pink. Stressed corals have less algae so the dominant violet/purple pigmentation is more visible. Corals under strong light develop smaller algae pigments and that will cause the color to shift toward the violet/purple shade. However, we have seen some morphs of this species that developed some rather intense red pigmentation.