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Ivory Bush Coral

Ivory Bush Coral (Oculina arbuscula) are hard corals that occur in fragile clumps of branches up to 12 inches in diameter. They range in color from yellow to brown to lavender. Ivory Bush coral is typically found between the eastern Florida coast to North Carolina, Bermuda, and the West Indies in limestone ledges. The species prefers shallow areas in high sedimentation. They have a diet of small plankton and fish.

Ivory Bush Coral was listed as a Species of Concern in 1991 by the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service. The main factors contributing to the decline of this population are habitat modification, habitat destruction from fishing gear and environment variability.