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The Gulf: a young sea in decline.
This review examines the substantial changes that have taken place in marine habitats and resources of the Gulf over the past decade, finding that the prognosis for the Gulf continuing to provide abundant natural resources is poor. Expand
A Holistic Approach to Marine Eco-Systems Biology
The structure, robustness, and dynamics of ocean plankton ecosystems remain poorly understood due to sampling, analysis, and computational limitations. The Tara Oceans consortium organizesExpand
Debating phylogenetic relationships of the scleractinian Psammocora: molecular and morphological evidences
The results show that neither Psammocora nor Coscinaraea are monophyletic genera, and the high genetic distances between the species of Siderastreidae, especially between Pseudosiderastrea tayamai and SiderASTrea savignyana on one side and the other genera on the other, suggest a deep divergence in the phylogenetic structure of the family. Expand
The name game: morpho‐molecular species boundaries in the genus Psammocora (Cnidaria, Scleractinia)
The phylogenetic relationships of a representative subset of specimens were reconstructed based on rDNA and COI, thus allowing a direct link between morphologic and genetic information. Expand
DNA barcoding reveals the coral “laboratory-rat”, Stylophora pistillata encompasses multiple identities
It is shown that Stylophora pistillata comprises four deeply divergent clades corresponding to the Pacific-Western Australia, Chagos-Madagascar-South Africa, Gulf of Aden-Zanzibar-Mad Madagascar, and Red Sea-Persian/Arabian Gulf-Kenya, and should be recognised as four distinct species. Expand
Use of habitats as surrogates of biodiversity for efficient coral reef conservation planning in Pacific Ocean islands.
A habitat-mapping methodology for designation of MPAs for Pacific Ocean islands that are characterized by habitat zonations similar to Wallis Island could appreciably facilitate and improve current approaches to coral reef conservation and enhance MPA implementation. Expand
Comparison of morphological and genetic analyses reveals cryptic divergence and morphological plasticity in Stylophora (Cnidaria, Scleractinia)
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. Expand
Systematics of the coral genus Craterastrea (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Scleractinia) and description of a new family through combined morphological and molecular analyses
The genus Craterastrea is restored, the new family Coscinaraeidae is described due to its deep evolutionary divergence from the Siderastreidae, and revised diagnoses of the four genera in the family are provided. Expand
Specimen collection: an essential tool.
Collecting biological specimens for scientific studies came under scrutiny when B. A. Minteer and colleagues suggested that this practice plays a significant role in species extinctions. Expand