Lobed Star Coral
About the Species
The lobed star coral is a species of coral that lives in the western Atlantic Ocean. It is the most thoroughly studied and most abundant species of reef-building coral in the Caribbean to date. It grows into varying colony shapes (heads, columns, plates) in response to differing light conditions. Lobed star coral is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
NOAA Fisheries is committed to conserving and protecting lobed star coral. Our scientists and partners use a variety of innovative techniques to study, learn more about, and protect this species.
- Throughout Its Range
In the Spotlight
Lobed star coral is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Recovery Planning and Implementation
The Recovery Outline for Pillar Coral, Rough Cactus Coral, Lobed Star Coral, Mountainous Star Coral, Boulder Star Coral (PDF, 6 pages) is meant to serve as an interim guidance document to direct recovery efforts, including recovery planning, for pillar coral, rough cactus coral, lobed star coral, mountainous star coral, and boulder star coral.
Species Recovery Contacts
- Jennifer Moore, Southeast Corals Recovery Coordinator
- Alison Moulding, Southeast Corals Recovery Coordinator