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Scleractinian Corals of Kuwait

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Title:Scleractinian Corals of Kuwait
Authors:Hodgson, G.
Carpenter, K.
Date Issued:Jul 1995
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Hodgson G, Carpenter K. 1995. Scleractinian corals of Kuwait. Pac Sci 49(3): 227-246.
Abstract:A survey was made of the coral reefs of Kuwait to compile a
species list of scleractinian corals. Twenty-eight hermatypic and six ahermatypic
coral species are listed in systematic order, and a brief description is provided
for each. A new species of Acropora is described. The Kuwait fauna is a
small subset of the over 500 Indo-Pacific species. Several species show a higher
degree of intraspecific variation than they exhibit in other locations. A range
extension is reported for Acanthastrea maxima Sheppard & Salm, previously
recorded from Oman (north and south coasts). A common species in the Arabian
Gulf, Porites compressa Dana, has a disjunct distribution; it has not been
found in the western Pacific, but occurs in the Red Sea, northern Indian Ocean,
and Hawai'i. It is possible that the Gulf is one of the few places where Siderastrea
and Pseudosiderastrea co-occur.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 49, Number 3, 1995

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