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Staghorn Coral

About Staghorn Coral

Coral is a group of soft-bodied animals called polyps which usually live together in large colonies.

The Staghorn coral makes hard chalky cases to protect themselves from predators. These cases are cemented together forming a reef. New polyps can grow from buds, but corals can also reproduce by shedding eggs into the sea. Coral polyps feed on drifting larvae and other tiny animals. They can also get their food from microscopic algae that live inside their cells. This animal gets its name from the way that staghorn coral colonies branch repeatedly, forming what look like a stag’s antlers. Staghorn are fragile and grow in sheltered parts of the reef.