One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large stony coral with antler-like branches.
- ‘I had been to the Maldives on another liveaboard in 1997, a year before the severe coral bleaching event in 1998, and had been impressed then by the stands of staghorn coral in shallow water, with attendant schools of chromis.’
- ‘They are affected by coral bleaching, they're affected by crown-of-thorn starfish, and a lot of things that make coral reefs sick makes the staghorn coral sick first.’
- ‘Fields of staghorn coral are parted only for bushels of anemone and host clownfish.’
- ‘Continuing out we floated above acres of staghorn corals.’
- ‘Dominating the scene is table upon table of staghorn coral, acropora, and we're not talking tiny coffee tables but tables big enough for a dinner party.’
- ‘I descended a little way off the reef and saw a dazzling concentration of corals, every millimetre covered in table, brain, encrusting and staghorn corals and draped in whip corals and gorgonians.’
- ‘A squirrelfish peeks out from staghorn coral near Sand Key, Florida.’
- ‘A short ride north on one of the local jukung outrigger fishing boats takes you to the small village of Kubu, which has a very healthy reef with a dense carpet of miniature staghorn corals covering a submerged volcanic headland.’
- ‘Likit Boonyasit, district fisheries expert for Bang Sapan Noi said according to a survey, the dive site near Talu and Sang Islands has a lot of sea animals such as staghorn coral, table coral, disc coral, sea anemones and feather stars.’
- ‘But remarkably, the new coral takes only a few years to establish itself on the heaps of ruined staghorn coral.’
- ‘The average depth here is 16m, where numerous large, scattered boulders are covered with a reasonable presence of elk and staghorn corals.’
- ‘Beautiful table and staghorn corals cover the topside structures offering divers spectacular vistas.’
- ‘I pick up a piece of coral with delicate branches, the Acropora or staghorn coral.’
- ‘I passed over a huge boulder-sized brain coral then came to what seemed at first sight a petrified forest in bright blue - staghorn coral.’
- ‘It is nonetheless a beautiful shallow reef with huge areas of elk and staghorn coral sheltering shoals of grunt, snapper and goatfish.’
- ‘Some inquisitive groupers swam out to meet us from among staghorn coral that was over 20 feet tall.’
- ‘Again I lose track of the number of turtles resting on the reef, my film gone by the time I find one lying on a patch of staghorn coral, as though sleeping on a bed of nails.’
- ‘They tend to be the big head corals, the encrusting ones, but the reefs would lack the postcard species of the plating and staghorn corals in very large areas.’
- ‘In between the two islands, black tip sharks were sighted near a healthy patch of staghorn corals.’
- ‘Just three miles away is Looe Key, a gorgeous shallow reef full of sponges, soft corals and vibrant elkhorn and staghorn coral thickets, named after the HMS Looe, which hit it in 1744.’
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