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Gress et al. 2020


scientific article | Mar Biodivers Rec | open access

Widest geographic distribution of a shallow and mesophotic antipatharian coral (Anthozoa: Hexacorallia): Antipathes grandis VERRILL, 1928 – confirmed by morphometric and molecular analyses

Gress E, Opresko DM, Brugler MR, Wagner D, Eeckhaut I, Terrana L


Abstract

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.

Keywords
Meta-data (pending validation)
Depth range
40- 40 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
6 x (total of 3216 words)

Classification
* Presents original data
* Focused on 'mesophotic' depth range
* Focused on 'mesophotic coral ecosystem'

Fields
Biodiversity

Focusgroups
Antipatharia (Black Corals)

Locations
Madagascar

Platforms
SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)

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