staghorn coral

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The species most likely to bleach and die are staghorn coral and other root and branch corals with spaces that allow many kinds of fish to swim and gain protection. Damien Cave, New York Times, "Great Barrier Reef Is Bleaching Again. It’s Getting More Widespread.," 6 Apr. 2020 Diver Lenford DaCosta tends to lines of staghorn coral growing at an underwater nursery inside the Oracabessa Fish Sanctuary Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Oracabessa, Jamaica. San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Photos: Saving Jamaica’s coral, an undersea labor of love," 17 Sep. 2019 But swim a little farther and pieces of regenerating staghorn coral appear, strung out on a line, waiting to be tied onto rocks in an effort to repair the damage done to reefs by man and nature. Washington Post, "AP Photos: Saving Jamaica’s coral, an undersea labor of love," 3 Dec. 2019 But swim a little farther and pieces of regenerating staghorn coral appear, strung out on a line, waiting to be tied onto rocks in an effort to repair the damage done to reefs by man and nature. Washington Post, "AP Photos: Saving Jamaica’s coral, an undersea labor of love," 3 Dec. 2019 A few hours later, at an underwater site called Dickie’s Reef, Simpson uses fishing line to tie clusters of staghorn coral onto rocky outcroppings — a temporary binding until the coral’s limestone skeleton grows and fixes itself onto the rock. Washington Post, "Surprise rescue of Jamaica coral reefs shows nature can heal," 3 Dec. 2019 A few hours later, at an underwater site called Dickie’s Reef, Simpson uses fishing line to tie clusters of staghorn coral onto rocky outcroppings — a temporary binding until the coral’s limestone skeleton grows and fixes itself onto the rock. Washington Post, "Surprise rescue of Jamaica coral reefs shows nature can heal," 3 Dec. 2019 Diver Lenford DaCosta cleans up lines of staghorn coral at an underwater coral nursery inside the Oracabessa Fish Sanctuary, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Oracabessa, Jamaica. Christina Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica’s reefs, piece by piece," 17 Sep. 2019 The disease has not affected branching species such as elkhorn and staghorn coral. sun-sentinel.com, "Officials want $100M for reef restoration in Florida Keys," 11 Dec. 2019

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Staghorn coral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/staghorn%20coral. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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