Staghorn Coral

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Acropora cervicornis - (Lamarck, 1816)
Staghorn Coral

Iconic Caribbean stony coral, now endangered. Wiki Commons

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Staghorn Coral is one of only two Acropora species in the Caribbean. It is a branching coral with cylindrical branches that may measure from several inches to more than 6.5 feet (2 m) in length.

Once widespread in South Florida and the Caribbean, it has been reduced to an endangered species by a number of environmental onslaughts: coral bleaching events, deforestation and development leading to lowered water quality, disease, other factors.

See NOAA Reference: [1]

IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered.

Family: Acroporidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Shallow water, 0 to 100 feet deep (0-30m). Requires pristine, well-oxygenated water conditions. According to NOAA: "Fore reef zones at intermediate depths of 16-82 feet (5-25 m) were formerly dominated by extensive single species stands of Staghorn Coral until the mid 1980s."

Maximum length: 200 cm (79 in)

Lighting: Intense

Placement: Shallow

Water: Marine 23 °C (296 K, 73 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

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This coral is protected under the Endangered Species Act of the United States and may not be collected, sold, traded, or possessed without a permit.

Facts about Staghorn CoralRDF feed
Common name Staghorn Coral  +
Family Acroporidae  +
Genus Acropora  +
Lighting Intense  +
Maximum length 79 in  +
Native range Caribbean  +, and Florida Keys  +
Placement Shallow  +
Specific name cervicornis  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 296 K (23 °C, 73 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +