Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata)

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Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

Elkhorn coral is a large, branching coral with thick and sturdy antler-like branches. Colonies are fast growing: branches increase in length by 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) per year, with colonies reaching their maximum size in approximately 10-12 years. Over the last 10,000 years, elkhorn coral has been one of the three most important Caribbean corals contributing to reef growth and development and providing essential fish habitat.

  • States/US Territories in which the Elkhorn coral is known to or is believed to occur:  Florida
  • US Counties in which the Elkhorn coral is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • Countries in which the the Elkhorn coral is known to occur:  Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
06/08/2006 National Marine Fisheries Service (National Marine Fisheries Service)

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
11/26/2008 73 FR 72210 72240 Critical Habitat for Threatened Elkhorn and Staghorn Corals; Final Rule
07/23/2014 79 FR 42687 42696 Marine and Anadromous Taxa: Additions, Removal, Updates,and Corrections to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
04/04/2007 72 FR 16284 16286 Adding Four Marine Taxa to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Southern Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris), staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) and elkhorn (Acropora palmata) corals, and the Southern Resident killer whale DPS (Orcinus orca)
05/09/2006 70 FR 26852 26872 NFMS, Final Listing Determinations for Elkhorn Coral and Staghorn Coral

» Recovery

No recovery information is available for the Elkhorn coral.

» Critical Habitat

Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
11/26/2008 73 FR 72210 72240 Critical Habitat for Threatened Elkhorn and Staghorn Corals; Final Rule Final Rule Final designated

To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Elkhorn coral.

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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