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Acropora in Hawaii. Part 1. History of the Scientific Record, Systematics, and Ecology

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Title:Acropora in Hawaii. Part 1. History of the Scientific Record, Systematics, and Ecology
Authors:Grigg, Richard W.
Wells, John W.
Wallace, Carden
Date Issued:Jan 1981
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Grigg RW, Wells JW, Wallace C. 1981. Acropora in Hawaii. part 1. history of the scientific record, systematics, and ecology. Pac Sci 35(1): 1-13.
Abstract:Present occurrence of the coral genus Acropora in Hawaii has
long been questioned. This paper reviews the scientific literature concerning
this controversy and presents the results of a recent resource survey of the
entire Hawaiian Archipelago that clearly establishes the presence of three
species of Acropora in Hawaii. These species are Acropora cytherea, A . valida,
and A. humilis. Taxonomic descriptions for each species are presented, along
with notes on their worldwide geographic distributions. In Hawaii, the three
species are found only on six islands in the middle of the chain . Extension of
their ranges throughout the archipelago may be limited by discontinuous and
sporadic larval recruitment.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 35, Number 1, 1981

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