Montastraea cavernosa (great star coral).
Great Star Coral
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Montastraea cavernosa (great star coral) is an important reef builder on many Florida and Caribbean reefs. Its distribution was documented by ROV surveys at both Pulley Ridge and the Tortugas area, and specimens collected by the tech diving team for molecular analyses.

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