Archetypal elkhorn coral discovered in the Pacific Ocean

Richards, Zoe T., Wallace, Carden C., and Miller, David J. (2010) Archetypal elkhorn coral discovered in the Pacific Ocean. Systematics and Biodiversity, 8 (2). pp. 281-288.

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The discovery of a population of elkhorn corals in the Central Pacific Ocean has important taxonomic implications, as this distinctive colony morphology was previously known only from the endemic and critically endangered Atlantic species Acropora palmata. Phylogenetic analyses confirmed that the Pacific elkhorn coral is genetically distant from A. palmata, and most likely represents a species previously synonymized with Acropora abrotanoides. The Pacific elkhorn coral is rare, and is of particular scientific interest because it represents one morphological extreme in the dominant genus of reef-building corals. The discovery of the Pacific elkhorn coral raises a number of important general issues in relation to biodiversity conservation, as this coral would not qualify for threatened species listing under current IUCN categories and criteria despite being demonstrably rare.

Item ID: 16891
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1478-0933
Keywords: Acropora; conservation; hybridization; IUCN; mtDNA; nucDNA; Pacific 'elkhorn' coral
Date Deposited: 14 May 2011 21:59
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060399 Evolutionary Biology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0604 Genetics > 060499 Genetics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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