Stability of natural communities is a central question in community ecology and has become the focus of many coral reef monitoring projects. Staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis, forms reefs throughout the Caribbean that exhibit highly variable temporal patterns of community structure (Aronson and Precht, 1997; Knowlton et al., 1990; Porter et al., 1982). Episodes of A. cervicornis mass mortality due to hurricanes, low temperatures, or disease have resulted in dramatic declines in live coral cover, a pattern that may persist through time or lead to replacement by other species of hard corals (Knowlton, 1992; Aronson et al., 1998). A once-dominant reef building coral throughout the Caribbean, A. cervicornis, is a major contributor of three dimensional reef structure (Knowlton et al., 1990) as the interlocking network of branches in A. cervicornis forms "bafflestones" that can provide the foundation for rapid reef growth (Aronson and Precht, 1997) and provide habitat for associated reef fishes. The recent decline in Acropora throughout the western Atlantic is enigmatic, as it has persisted throughout the fossil record (Greenstein et al., 1998, Aronson and Precht, 1997; Aronson et al., 1998). This project provides a preliminary description of the community structure and spatial distribution of a staghorn coral reef occurring in Broward County, Florida, at the northern extreme of distribution for the species.