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

Gress, Erika, Opresko, Dennis M., Brugler, Mercer R., Wagner, Daniel, Eeckhaut, Igor, and Terrana, Lucas (2020) Widest geographic distribution of a shallow and mesophotic antipatharian coral (Anthozoa: Hexacorallia): Antipathes grandis VERRILL, 1928 – confirmed by morphometric and molecular analyses. Marine Biodiversity Records, 13 (12).

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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.

Item ID: 66630
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1755-2672
Keywords: Antipatharia, Black coral, Geographic range, Hawaii, Indian Ocean, Madagascar
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Funders: Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS)
Projects and Grants: FNRS PDR T0083.18
Date Deposited: 04 May 2021 23:43
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 100%
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