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Reefs and islands of the Chagos Archipelago, Indian Ocean: why it is the world's largest no-take marine protected area.
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The Chagos Archipelago was designated a no-take marine protected area (MPA) in 2010; it contains 25-50% of the Indian Ocean reef area remaining in excellent condition, as well as the world's largest contiguous undamaged reef area.
Systematic relationships between tropical corallimorpharians (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Corallimorpharia) : Utility of the 5.8S and internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions of the rRNA transcription unit
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Comparison of the 5.8S rDNA sequences indicated a close relationship between the genera Rhodactis and Amplexidiscus and a much more distant relationship between these two genera and Actinodiscus spp.
Species boundaries within the Acropora humilis species group (Cnidaria; Scleractinia): a morphological and molecular interpretation of evolution
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Examination of evolutionary boundaries of species in the Acropora humilis species group suggests that morphology has evolved more rapidly than the 28S rDNA marker, and demonstrates the utility of using morphological and molecular characters as complementary tools for interpreting species boundaries in corals.
Systematic relationships within the Anthozoa (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) using the 5'-end of the 28S rDNA.
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Parsimony analysis indicates that the Ceriantipatharia are most representative of the ancestral Anthozoa, and gives no support for Hand's hypothesis of scleractinian ancestry of actiniarians and corallimorphians.
Recognition of separate genera within Acropora based on new morphological, reproductive and genetic evidence from Acropora togianensis, and elevation of the subgenus Isopora Studer, 1878 to genus
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High bootstrapping and Bayesian support in the major lineages of the family Acroporidae demonstrate significant differences between Isopora (including A. togianensis) and Acropora.
Reassessing evolutionary relationships of scleractinian corals
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Extensions of the data set now indicate that the Poritidae and Dendrophylliidae, with their fossil antecedents, may each warrant separate suborder status and suggest that the Suborder Faviina (faviids, mussids and their allies) should probably be retained as a monophyletic group.
Comparison of morphological and genetic analyses reveals cryptic divergence and morphological plasticity in Stylophora (Cnidaria, Scleractinia)
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The combined use of morphological and molecular approaches, so far proved to be a powerful tool for the re-delineation of species boundaries in corals, provided novel evidence of cryptic divergence in this group of marine metazoans.
An ITS region phylogeny of Siderastrea (Cnidaria: Anthozoa): is S. glynni endangered or introduced?
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Results indicated an unexpected deep divergence between the Western-Pacific and Atlantic species and indicated that S. glynni is not derived from S. savignyana, as previously thought, and shared identical sequence types with S. siderea in the Caribbean.
Alveopora japonica beds thriving under kelp
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Apart from being one of the first reports on high dominance of scleractinian coral species at this latitude, this observation might also indicate a persistent shift from kelp forests to coral dominance, and the potential loss of an economically important endemic taxa.
Coral-killing cyanobacteriosponge (Terpios hoshinota) on the Great Barrier Reef
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The encrusting cyanobacteriosponge Terpios hoshinota was originally described from Guam and is expanding its range in coral reefs of the northwestern Pacific, and data is needed on its current distribution and abundance to assess its geographical expansion.
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