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North America
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Shared by : Aaditya Singh
Habitat : North America- Back reef and fore reef habitats off the coast of the United States of America, Caribbean islands, the Great Barrier Reef, and other parts of the world
Status : Critically Endangered
About
A branching, stony coral with cylindrical branches ranging from a few centimetres to over two metres in length and height.
Occurs in back reef and fore reef environments from 0 to 30 m depth.
Among the fastest growing corals on reefs, and are excellent reef-builders.
Threats
Variations in temperature and salinity caused by changing environmental patterns.
Extensive predation and disease outbreaks. Today, nearly 98% of the population of staghorn coral has been decimated throughout its range.
Efforts
In US waters, it is illegal to harvest corals for commercial purposes.
Localized efforts to propagate and reintroduce the species have occurred in Florida, Puerto Rico, Domincan Republic, Jamaica and Honduras.
In response to ship grounding and hurricanes, there have been efforts in some areas to salvage damaged corals and reattach them in acroporid habitats.

Photo & Reference
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Staghorn-coral-1.jpg
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/133381/0
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staghorn_coral

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