Elkhorn coral is found in shallow water, generally ranging from 1 to 5 meters deep. Elkhorn coral is a tropical species and inhabits waters with a temperature range of 66 tol 86 degrees F. This coral tolerates salinities within the normal range of 33 to 37 parts per thousand. Elkhorn coral often establishes in heavy surf close to shore, where the preferential exposed reef crests create an optimal habitat.
Range depth: 1 to 20 m.
Average depth: 3.5 m.
Habitat Regions: tropical ; saltwater or marine
Aquatic Biomes: reef ; coastal
Other Habitat Features: intertidal or littoral