21 December 2012

Eight staghorn corals

Photo by: Charlie J.E.N. Veron

Acropora cervicornis, commonly known as the staghorn coral, is a branching arborescent stony coral. It is common in reef systems, including reef slopes/drop-offs and subtidal reef tops and edges (Wallace, 1999Veron, 2000). It has also been recorded in a submarine cave (Macintyre et al., 1982). Colors vary from pale brown to tan with white axial corallite (Veron, 2000). This species is currently classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List.

Inspired by: The 12 Planktons of Christmas by Michele Collet

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