[Coral-List] Acropora prolifera

William Precht william.precht at gmail.com
Tue Sep 10 14:28:08 EDT 2013

 M. annularis was Orbicella (Dana 1846) in the early 1900s. Wells moved
them to Montastraea (de Blainville 1830) in Vaughan & Wells 1943.
The reference is:
Budd, A. F., Fukami H., Smith N. D., Knowlton N, 2012. Taxonomic
classification of the reef coral family Mussidae (Cnidaria: Anthozoa:
Scleractinia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 166: 465-529, doi:

On Sep 10, 2013, at 12:07 PM, Dennis Hubbard <dennis.hubbard at oberlin.edu>

> This is the first I've heard of the latest species shuffle. Is
> faveolata* now formally *Orbicella faveolata*? Perhaps I missed the genus
> Orbicella; is this a new genus, and what is the basis for this change
> (other than the obvious "it's genetics"?).
> Dennis

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