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Encrusting Coral Reef (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 494

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Reef Biota
Biotic Subclass Shallow/Mesophotic Coral Reef Biota
Biotic Group Encrusting Coral Reef
Biotic Community Encrusting Millepora Reef
Encrusting Portes Reef


Description
Definition Reefs or reef-like, rocky structures dominated by encrusting corals (also called crustose corals) that (a) cover the substrate in a sheet and (b) expand in diameter rather than height. Encrusting corals are highly tolerant of strong water currents, and they are frequently found on rocky shorelines lacking a beach. See Figure 8.3 for an example of the encrusting coral growth form.