Blind to morphology: genetics identifies several widespread ecologically common species and few endemics among Indo-Pacific cauliflower corals (Pocillopora, Scleractinia)
J.H. Pinzón, E. Sampayo, E. Cox, L.J. Chauka, C.A. Chen, C.R. Voolstra, T.C. LaJeunesse
Journal of Biogeography, volume 40, issue 8, 1595-1608, (2013)
Biogeography, Life history evolution, Molecular systematics, Phylogenetics, Pocillopora, Reef corals, Species diversity, Species recognition.
Using high-resolution genetic markers on samples gathered from across
their wide distributional range, we endeavoured to delimit species
diversity in reef-building Pocillopora corals. They are common,
ecologically important, and widespread throughout the Indo-Pacific, but
their phenotypic plasticity in response to environmental conditions and
their nearly featureless microskeletal structures confound taxonomic
assignments and limit an understanding of their ecology and evolution.
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