The Acanthastrea genus are large polyped stony corals from the family Mussidae. Acanthastrea colonies grow in shallow reef water and typically form massive or encrusting, flat structures with corallites that are circular or angular in shape with variation in color and appearance. The coral has thick fleshy tissue with thick partitions, or septa, and have tall projecting teeth. The identification of Acanthastrea can be difficult as they often resemble other Mussidae family members such as Micromussa and Lobophyllia. They most typically have corallites measuring between 8-15 mm.
The species lordhowensis, or “The Lord” typically have corallites with uneven height, thick septa and large teeth. They are popular because of their relative hardiness and colorful appearance typically occurring in red, purple and green with contrasting colors. This sample is ultra green with a glowing baby blue background.
CARE LEVEL: Intermediate
AGGRESSIVENESS: Uses Sweeper Tentacles to Defend Position
LIGHTING: Medium Light
WATERFLOW: Low Flow
TANK POSITION: Mid to Bottom of Tank