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- noun zoology Any member of the Acroporidae.
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Two acroporid corals that previously dominated shallow-water Caribbean reefs: (a)
Belize, Jamaica and Panama suggest that Caribbean coral assemblages have been dominated by acroporid corals for centuries, if not millennia.
The Carribean-wide mass die-offs of acroporid corals and urchins have been major contributors to the rapid decline of coral reefs.
In a new study published by PLoS ONE, lead author Steven V. Vollmer, assistant professor of biology at the Marine Science Center at Northeastern University, finds that acroporid corals listed on the US Endangered Species List due to epidemics of White Band Disease can recover because up to six percent of the remaining corals are naturally resistant to the disease.