staghorn coral

stag·​horn coral | \ ˈstag-ˌhȯrn- How to pronounce staghorn coral (audio) \

Definition of staghorn coral

: any of several large branching corals (genus Acropora, especially A. cervicornis) that somewhat resemble antlers

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Pocillopora damicornis, commonly known as cauliflower coral; Porites cylindrica, also known as yellow finger coral; and Acropora millepora, one of a number species known as staghorn corals. Cody Clements, The Conversation, "Biodiversity helps coral reefs thrive – and could be part of strategies to save them," 25 June 2019 Choices include euphorbia resinifera for acropora (also known as staghorn coral); opuntia microdasys monstrose for turbinaria; deuterocohnia brevifolia for galaxea; and mammillaria pilcayensis (bristle brush cactus) for dendrogyra or pillar coral. Martina Schimitschek,, "At Scripps, a seascape landscape," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of staghorn coral

1884, in the meaning defined above

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