Zigzag coral (Madrepora oculata)Photo Credit: NOAA
Description: Zigzag coral is slimy. It may not look like it, but it’s covered in a shield of mucus that defends it from pests. This fragile stony coral does not form large reef structure because it’s so delicate. It is usually found attached to rocks or dead coral, and is often a pretty pink color.
Figure 1: Relative probability of occurrence of Zigzag (Madrepora oculata) based on computer generated distribution maps. Data source: AquamapsDepth Profile
Figure 2: Approximate depth range of Zigzag coral (black box). Slope of seafloor is a generalized representation of the Gulf of Mexico shelf and outer continental shelf.