elkhorn coral

noun
elk·​horn coral | \ˈelk-ˌhȯrn- \

Definition of elkhorn coral 

: a reef-building branching coral (Acropora palmata) of shallow waters of southern Florida and the West Indies

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The only other comparable disease outbreak occurred in the 1970s and 80s that nearly wiped out staghorn and elkhorn corals, which landed both on the endangered species list. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Mystery disease spreads, threatens coral reefs in the Lower Florida Keys | Miami Herald," 20 Apr. 2018 Our first mission was to snorkel off a popular beach called Punto Francés, where two years ago Dr. Guggenheim had seen intact expanses of elkhorn coral, a barometer of reef health. Tony Perrottet, New York Times, "A Cuban Island That Has Played Both Paradise and Prison," 2 Jan. 2018

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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