Adopt an Agaricia Agaricites
"Tan Lettuce-Leaf" Coral Species
About Agaricia agaricites coral species:
Agaricia agaricites, commonly known as lettuce coral or tan lettuce-leaf coral, is a species of colonial stony corals in the family Agariciidae. This coral is found in shallow waters in the tropical western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It is a common species and the IUCN has assessed its status as being of “least concern”.
Life on Zoe:
Agaricia agaricites is another species of lettuce corals growing on Zoe, yet we only have a few colonies for now. It can take several forms, as a mixture of encrusting sheets, thick leaves, other irregular projections, and flat plates. Lettuce corals are among the dominant species in the Caribbean now.
The scleractinian coral Agaricia agaricites often has elongate sweeper tentacles on colony margins close to other sessile animals. Sweeper tentacles can damage tissues of opponents and are probably used in direct competition for substrate space. Recognition of competitor tissues appears to be a necessary stimulus for sweeper formation.
Tan Lettuce-Leaf Coral Species Symbolic Adoption
You or your gift recipient will receive a certificate of adoption with the name you designate. This certificate will be sent along with the coral image to the email address you provided. You are symbolically adopting one of eleven unique species currently living and being planted on Zoe – A Living Sea Sculpture.
You or your gift recipient receives a print quality image of the adopted coral species on Zoe – A Living Sea Sculpture. This image will be emailed to the email address you provide.
Print your image, share it with friends on social media, or use it as your screensaver… Use your image in ways that spark joy in your world to remind you how you’re helping support the conditions for coral reefs to flourish.
Your Symbolic Coral Adoption
Adopt a coral for yourself or adopt a coral as a gift
Your $25 coral adoption covers two restoration divers’ tanks and materials to cultivate new, healthy coral colonies.
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About Your Coral Adoption
90% of spending from coral adoptions goes toward paying for tanks, supplies, and on-location activities for the coral restoration team. The remaining 10% goes toward other business and administration fees and expenses. By making your purchase you acknowledge and agree to our Terms of Sale.
We send you a print-quality adoption certificate and photo of your coral by email to reduce our carbon footprint and enable you to decide how you want to use your images.
You have the choice to print, use your image as your screensaver or desktop image, share images of your adoption with family and friends on social media, and other creative ways that are meaningful to you. These images are for your personal use only and may not be reproduced for commercial use. Please see the Terms of Sale for more information.
This is a one-time symbolic adoption of a coral species currently growing on Zoe in Cozumel, Mexico. If you’d like to be a recurring monthly or annual donor at another level, please head over to our Patreon page where our monthly and annual members can sign up to receive private posts and perks from our founder Colleen Flanigan.
Photographs of corals by Zoe biologist Solène Jonveaux with “Zoe research camera” donated by Katie Garrison and Patreon members