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Acropora cervicornis (Staghorn coral)

Synonyms: Acropora attenuata; Acropora muricata subsp. cervicornis; Isopora muricata f. cervicornis; Madrepora attenuata; Madrepora cervicornis; Madrepora muricata f. cervicornis

Wikipedia Abstract

The staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) is a branching, stony coral with cylindrical branches ranging from a few centimetres to over two metres in length and height. It occurs in back reef and fore reef environments from 0 to 30 m (0 to 98 ft) depth. The upper limit is defined by wave forces, and the lower limit is controlled by suspended sediments and light availability. Fore reef zones at intermediate depths 5–25 m (16–82 ft) were formerly dominated by extensive single-species stands of staghorn coral until the mid-1980s. This coral exhibits the fastest growth of all known western Atlantic fringe corals, with branches increasing in length by 10–20 cm (3.9–7.9 in) per year. This has been one of the three most important Caribbean corals in terms of its contribution to reef growth and fis
View Wikipedia Record: Acropora cervicornis

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Acropora cervicornis


Water Biome [1]  Coastal

Prey / Diet

Acartia lilljeborgi[2]
Acartia spinata[2]
Acartia tonsa[2]
Brachyscelus crusculum[2]
Centropages furcatus[2]
Dioithona oculata[2]
Ditrichocorycaeus amazonicus[2]
Ditrichocorycaeus americanus[2]
Euchaeta marina[2]
Eurydice littoralis[2]
Euterpina acutifrons[2]
Farranula gracilis[2]
Flaccisagitta enflata[2]
Fritillaria haplostoma[2]
Glossocephalus milneedwardsi[2]
Krohnitta subtilis[2]
Labidocera acutifrons[2]
Lestrigonus bengalensis[2]
Microsetella rosea[2]
Oikopleura dioica[2]
Oikopleura longicauda[2]
Oithona colcarva[2]
Oithona nana[2]
Oithona plumifera[2]
Oithona simplex[2]
Oncaea mediterranea[2]
Oncaea venusta[2]
Paracalanus aculeatus[2]
Paracalanus parvus[2]
Parvocalanus crassirostris[2]
Penilia avirostris[2]
Serratosagitta serratodentata[2]
Undinula vulgaris[2]


Attiliosa nodulosa (Abbreviated coral snail)[3]
Calliostoma javanicum (chocolate-line topsnail)[2]
Canthigaster rostrata (Sharpnose pufferfish)[2]
Chaetodon capistratus (School mistress)[2]
Chaetodon sedentarius (School mistress)[2]
Coralliophila aberrans (globose coralsnail)[2]
Coralliophila caribaea (Caribbean coralsnail)[2]
Diadema antillarum (long-spined sea urchin)[3]
Entomacrodus nigricans (Pearl Blenny)[2]
Hermodice carunculata (Fireworm)[3]
Microspathodon chrysurus (Yellowtail damselfish)[2]
Phragmatopoma caudata[2]
Prognathodes aculeatus (Poey's butterflyfish)[2]
Stegastes planifrons (Yellow damselfish)[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Dierenpark Emmen
Florida Aquarium
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Rotterdam Zoo
Smithsonian National Zoological Park


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Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Impact of coral predators on tropical reefs, Randi D. Rotjan, Sara M. Lewis, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 367: 73–91, 2008
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