palmata zone

What is palmata zone?

palmata zone meaning the region of a reef crest of a bank or barrier reef that is closest to the water surface. It is composed almost completely of elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) in the Caribbean

Image of coral <i>Acropora palmata</i>
Acropora palmata in a shallow reef zone.

 

reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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