Biogeography of azooxanthellate corals in the Caribbean and surrounding areas

  title={Biogeography of azooxanthellate corals in the Caribbean and surrounding areas},
  author={John C. Dawson},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Biogeographic patterns for azooxanthellate corals are not as well known as those of zooxanthellate (primarily reef-building) corals. I analyzed occurrences of 129 species of azooxanthellate corals in 19 geopolitical regions in the Caribbean and surrounding areas. I performed an unweighted pair-group method with arithmetic averages (UPGMA) cluster analysis using Bray-Curtis' similarity measure on the complete data set and shallow- and deep-water subsets of the data. The results indicate two… CONTINUE READING


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