reef patch

reef patch

[′rēf ‚pach]
(geology)
A single large colony of coral formed independently on a shelf at depths less than 220 feet (70 meters) in the lagoon of a barrier reef or of an atoll. Also known as patch reef.
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A 2005 study in the Bahamas by Oregon State University concluded that a single lionfish can reduce native fish populations on a coral reef patch by nearly 80 percent in just five weeks.
Known as Snapper Ledge, the small reef patch is about five miles off Tavernier in federal N, waters of the Atlantic.