[Coral-List] threatened coral Can we tell them apart?

Gregor Hodgson gregorh at reefcheck.org
Wed Sep 3 12:54:15 EDT 2014

Given all the great ID tools developed over the past 20 years, there are a
surprising number of excellent "closet taxonomists" out there in each
region. Yes, coral taxonomy is ultimately subjective and changes with time ‹
join a coral taxonomy workshop with 10 taxonomistsŠ. But molecular genetic
techniques are no different because ultimately you end up drawing arbitrary
lines in the sand of percentage exchange "allowable." Both techniques should
be developed further in tandem so that legal definitions can be based on
both sets of data. Field work will continue to rely on taxonomy until
genetic testing can be done quickly in the field.


Gregor Hodgson, PhD
Executive Director
Reef Check Foundation
PO Box 1057 (mail)
17575 Pacific Coast Highway (overnight)
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 USA
T: +1 310-230-2371 or 2360
Gregorh at reefcheck.org
Skype: gregorh001

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threatened coral Can we tell them apart?

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