[Coral-List] Tubastraea vs. Tubastrea?

EWeil eweil at caribe.net
Mon Dec 24 15:09:34 EST 2012

It seems to me then, that we need to check the original and correct spelling for Siderastrea and Solenastrea, since the "astraea" 
ending most be meanning the same to all of these. I've been trying to find what is the etymology of Montastraea or either of the 
other twoo to learn what does that "astraea" end means. 

Merry Christmas!

Dr. Ernesto Weil
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>------- Original Message -------
>From    : Judith Lang[mailto:jlang at riposi.net]
>Sent    : 12/24/2012 12:17:03 PM
>To      : CDelbeek at calacademy.org
>Cc      : coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
>Subject : RE: Re: [Coral-List] Tubastraea vs. Tubastrea?
 >Hi Charles,
In the early 1970's, when Cornell University's John Wells, at the time senior scientist scleractinian taxonomist in the English-
speaking world, sent me his re-working of my re-working the Jamaican coral list that he and Tom Goreau Sr. had earlier published, 
I noticed that  an "a" had been added between the "r" and the "e" in both Montastraea and Tubastraea. 

So naturally I wrote him to ask why. 

He responded with the following one sentence on a postcard that had been printed decades earlier in Jamaica but never previously 
used:   "Montastraea and Tubastraea are their original and correct spellings."

The original and correct  spellings were "reintroduced" in the Wells and Lang (1973) Appendix to his "Scleractinian Corals from 
Jamaica"  in the Bulletin of Marine Science.

Happy holidays everyone!

On Dec 23, 2012, at 8:08 PM, Delbeek, Charles wrote:

> Curious as to what the correct spelling for this genus is. I have seen it spelled both ways in the grey literature and 
scientific papers and books. WORMS says it is Tubastraea.  http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=267930  and I 
have always written this way, except for my first book where we spelled it Tubastrea and it was pointed out as wrong.
> Best regards,
> Charles
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