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Foliose Coral Reef (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 495

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Reef Biota
Biotic Subclass Shallow/Mesophotic Coral Reef Biota
Biotic Group Foliose Coral Reef
Biotic Community Foliose Agaricia Reef
Foliose Milipora Reef

Definition Areas dominated by foliose corals that have a vase-like structure and whorl-like growth pattern similar to the open petals of a flower. The structure of these corals provides shelter for fish and invertebrate species. See Figure 8.4 for an example of the foliose coral growth form.