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Acropora palmata (Elkhorn coral)

Wikipedia Abstract

Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) is considered to be one of the most important reef-building corals in the Caribbean. This species is structurally complex with many large branches. The coral structure closely resembles that of elk antlers. These branches create habitats for many other reef species, such as lobsters, parrot-fish, snapper shrimps and other reef fish.
View Wikipedia Record: Acropora palmata

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Acropora palmata

Attributes

Diet [1]  Herbivore, Planktivore
Nocturnal [1]  Yes
Water Biome [1]  Reef, Coastal

Predators

Attiliosa nodulosa (Abbreviated coral snail)[2]
Chaetodon ocellatus (Two-spotted butterflyfish)[2]
Chaetodon striatus (School mistress)[2]
Coralliophila caribaea (Caribbean coralsnail)[3]
Coralliophila galea (helmet coralsnail)[3]
Diadema antillarum (long-spined sea urchin)[4]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

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Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Florida Aquarium
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Zoo Zürich
Zoological Society of London

Distribution

W Atlantic;

Photos

Citations

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 animaldiversity.org 2Impact of coral predators on tropical reefs, Randi D. Rotjan, Sara M. Lewis, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 367: 73–91, 2008 3del Monaco, Carlos, Estrella Villamizar, and Samuel Narciso. "Selectivity of preys of Coralliophila abbreviata and C. caribaea in coral reefs of the National Park Morrocoy, Venezuela: an experimental approximation/Selectividad de presas de Coralliophila abbreviata y C. caribaea en arrecifes coralinos del Parque Nacional Morrocoy, Venezuela: una aproximacion experimental." Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research 38.1 (2010): 57+. Academic OneFile. Web. 15 July 2014. 4Predation of the Sea Urchin Diadema antillarum Philippi on Living Coral, Rolf P. M. Bak and Guillaume van Eys, Oecologia (Berl.) 20, 111-115 (1975)
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