The soft coral fauna (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) of Mayotte

  title={The soft coral fauna (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) of Mayotte},
  author={Michael H. Schleyer and Yehuda Benayahu},
  journal={Marine Biodiversity},
Soft corals collected around Mayotte in 2011 comprised 24 genera and 57 identifiable species of Alcyonacea; two genera and three species were added to the list from a 1997 collection made for a natural products study. When compared with other western Indian Ocean (WIO) data, Mayotte’s alcyonacean fauna is the richest, and the island potentially comprises a regional biodiversity hotspot for this group. Mayotte has the largest barrier reef in the WIO and, considering the oceanography of the… CONTINUE READING