Picture of elkhorn coral.

About The Species

Elkhorn coral is one of the most important corals in the Caribbean. It, along with staghorn and star corals, built Caribbean coral reefs over the last 5,000 years. Elkhorn coral can form dense groups called “thickets” in very shallow water. These provide important habitat for other reef animals, especially fish.

Elkhorn coral is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act throughout its range.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to conserving and protecting elkhorn coral. Our scientists and partners use a variety of innovative techniques to study, learn more about, and protect this species.

Learn more about elkhorn coral

Status

ESA Threatened

throughout its range

CITES Appendix II

throughout its range

Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Cnidaria
Class
Anthozoa
Order
Scleractinia
Family
Acroporidae
Genus
Acropora
Species
palmata