American Samoa’s island of giants: massive Porites colonies at Ta’u island

@article{Brown2009AmericanSI,
  title={American Samoa’s island of giants: massive Porites colonies at Ta’u island},
  author={David C. Pridmore Brown and Larry V. Basch and D. Barshis and Zac H Forsman and Douglas Fenner and Jeffrey Goldberg},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2009},
  volume={28},
  pages={735}
}
One of the largest and oldest single hermatypic coral colonies known is a massive Porites coral located on the southwest corner of Ta’u island (14 15¢S, 169 30¢W) in the Manu’a group of American Samoa. The coral is believed to be Porites lutea based on colony and corallite morphology; however, Porites taxonomy is notoriously difficult and recent genetic work has revealed surprising levels of cryptic diversity (Forsman et al. 2009). Small (1 cm) cores were collected for genetic and microscopic… CONTINUE READING
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