One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A coral with sturdy antler-like branches, found in shallow waters throughout the Caribbean.
Acropora palmata, order Scleractinia
- ‘White pox has nearly wiped out hornlike elkhorn coral in some reefs in the Caribbean and elsewhere.’
- ‘The team's research emphasis is on Acropora palmata, or elkhorn coral, a major reef-building coral.’
- ‘Although later research showed it to be contagious, white pox appears to strike only one kind of coral - ‘the magnificent branching elkhorn coral,’ known as the ‘giant redwoods of the reef,’ said Porter.’
- ‘The same disease had eliminated the elkhorn coral which should form a natural breakwater for Caribbean shores.’
- ‘Its victim is the elkhorn coral, an important Caribbean species that provides most of the reef structure in shallow water.’
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