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Elkhorn Coral

Acropora palmata

Description:

Elkhorn coral is a large, branching coral with thick and sturdy antler-like branches. Colonies are fast growing: branches increase in length by 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) per year, with colonies reaching their maximum size in approximately 10-12 years. Over the last 10,000 years, elkhorn coral has been one of the three most important Caribbean corals contributing to reef growth and development and providing essential fish habitat.

Habitat:

Area near Cooper Island, BVI.

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joanbstanley
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Spotted on Mar 14, 2015
Submitted on Jun 9, 2015

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