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Branching Coral Reef (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 492

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Reef Biota
Biotic Subclass Shallow/Mesophotic Coral Reef Biota
Biotic Group Branching Coral Reef
Biotic Community Branching Acropora Reef
Branching Madracis Reef
Branching Pocillopora Reef
Branching Porites Reef


Description
Definition Reefs in shallow or mesophotic situations dominated by branching corals (includes arborescent, arboreal, digitate, corymbose, ramose, and elkhorn corals) that grow in a tree-like shape and have numerous branches, some with secondary branches. This group includes both fragile, branching corals and more robust, branching corals that have exceptionally thick and sturdy antler-like branches (such as elkhorn corals). See Figure 8.2 for an example of the branching coral growth form.