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)

Blind to morphology: genetics identifies several widespread ecologically common species and few endemics among Indo-Pacific cauliflower corals (Pocillopora, Scleractinia)

Keywords

Biogeography, Life history evolution, Molecular systematics, Phylogenetics, Pocillopora, Reef corals, Species diversity, Species recognition.

Abstract

​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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DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12110

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