coral fauna of Sabah

Hoeksema, B.W. Hoeksema at
Wed Nov 25 03:06:25 EST 1998

Mr. Wilson Alex is right. 
Fungia scutaria has probably not been recorded before from Sabah, and
neither from Kalimantan,
the Indonesian part of Borneo. From around Borneo there are many
records, though. This indicates
that very little is known about the coral fauna of this large island.

A relevant coral publication on Sabah is:
Wood, E.M. & B.S. Tan, 1987. The coral reefs of the Bodgaya Islands
(Sabah: Malaysia) 
and Pulau Sipadan 3. Hard corals. - Malay. Nat. J. 40: 189-224, pls.
7-8. Many of the corals
that are reported in this publication can be found in The Natural
History Museum at London.

Best regards,


Dr. Bert W. Hoeksema
Co-ordinator Sea Research (Fauna Malesiana Marina)
National Museum of Natural History Naturalis
P.O. Box 9517
2300 RA  Leiden
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31.71.5687631
Fax: +31.71.5687666
E-mail: Hoeksema at

> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
> Van:	reefprj at [SMTP:reefprj at]
> Verzonden:	woensdag 25 november 1998 4:25
> Aan:	coral-list at
> Onderwerp:	Fungia scutaria and H. porcellanus
> Dear cor-lister,
> We did  coral survey at islands off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia and
> we spotted mushroom coral, Fungia scutaria.  What really struck us is
> that the particular fungiids have not been recorded to be found in
> Sabah
> waters.  Another finding that we came across was the Hippopus
> porcellanus which were reported to be found in the Sulu archipelago
> down
> to Sulawesi and the micronesia.  The giant clams were found at a reef
> 40
> km from Kota Kinabalu city.  Ocean currents may play a great part of
> their distribution.  Now I would to know if there are anybody out
> their
> that have also found the specimens at Sabah's water or the Borneo
> island.
> Thank you,
> Wilson Alex

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