Cyphastrea kausti sp n. (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Scleractinia), a new species of reef coral from the Red Sea

Bouwmeester, Jessica, Benzoni, Francesca, Baird, Andrew H., and Berumen, Michael L. (2015) Cyphastrea kausti sp n. (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Scleractinia), a new species of reef coral from the Red Sea. ZooKeys, 496. pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

A new scleractinian coral species, Cyphastrea kausti sp. n., is described from 13 specimens from the Red Sea. It is characterised by the presence of eight primary septa, unlike the other species of the genus, which have six, ten or 12 primary septa. The new species has morphological affinities with Cyphastrea microphthalma, from which it can be distinguished by the lower number of septa (on average eight instead of ten), and smaller calices and corallites. This species was observed in the northern and central Red Sea and appears to be absent from the southern Red Sea.

Item ID: 41717
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Merulinidae, Saudi Arabia, biodiversity, coral reef, taxonomy, KAUST
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Copyright Jessica Bouwmeester et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

ISSN: 1313-2970
Funders: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Projects and Grants: CRG-1-BER-002
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 18:18
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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