American Samoa's island of giants: massive Porites colonies at Ta'u island

Brown, D.P., Basch, L., Barshis, D., Forsman, Z., Fenner, D., and Goldberg, J. (2009) American Samoa's island of giants: massive Porites colonies at Ta'u island. Coral Reefs, 28 (3). p. 735.

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[Extract] One of the largest and oldest single hermatypic coral colonies known is a massive Porites coral located on the southwest corner of Ta'u island (14°15S, 169°30W) in the Manu'a group of American Samoa. The coral is believed to be Porites lutea based on colony and corallite morphology; however, Porites taxonomy is notoriously difficult and recent genetic work has revealed surprising levels of cryptic diversity (Forsman et al.2009). Small (1 cm) cores were collected for genetic and microscopic work, and to determine skeletal density. DNA sequence for mitochondrial (COI, COIII) and nuclear (ITS region) markers were deposited in GenBank (accession numbers ITS-FJ416523-6, mt COI-FJ423967, and mt control FJ427369), and skeletal voucher specimens have been deposited at the Bishop Museum (SC4164).

Item ID: 24197
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1432-0975
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2012 22:24
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 70%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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