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The reef-building staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis

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The reef-building staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis, has recently expanded its range to the nearshore environments of southeast Florida, offshore of Broward County, as the climate has warmed. Its prospects for building reefs that far north will be severely limited by cold fronts, which climate change is making more common.


Courtesy of William F. Precht