Apron Reef- usually a smaller reef, found near a peninsula. Apron reefs extend out from the shore, and down into the depths of the ocean.
Fringing Reef- a reef that is directly linked to the shoreline. Fringing reefs usually are found in a channel or a lagoon.
Barrier Reef- a reef that is not connected to main land or island. An example of this type of reef is the Great Barrier Reef. These amazing reefs are separated from land by a lagoon.
Patch Reef- a remote, usually circular reef commonly found in a lagoon or embayment.
Ribbon Reef- a slim line of reef that stretches over a extensive area, usually close to a lagoon.