scientific article | Mar Biodivers Rec | open access
Gress E, Opresko DM, Brugler MR, Wagner D, Eeckhaut I, Terrana L
We provide the first record of the shallow and mesophotic (< 150 m depth) antipatharian coral Antipathes grandis VERRILL, 1928 from the Indian Ocean. First described from Hawaii, A. grandis was recently found on a mesophotic coral reef in SW Madagascar. Its identity was confirmed by means of morphological and molecular analyses (cytochrome c oxidase subunit I). These findings not only expand our knowledge of the potential geographic range of antipatharian corals, but also challenge the belief that only deep-sea (> 200 m depth) benthic taxa have such wide geographic distributions.
Antipatharia (Black Corals)
SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)