[Coral-List] BMC Evol Biol article published: Merging scleractinian genera: the overwhelming genetic similarity between solitary Desmophyllum and colonial Lophelia
Anna Maria Addamo
anna.addamo at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 7 08:17:22 EDT 2016
I would like to draw your attention to a new paper entitled "Merging scleractinian genera: the overwhelming genetic similarity between solitary Desmophyllum and colonial Lophelia".
Aiming to enhance current knowledge regarding the Systematics of Scleractinia, this paper represents a comparative study of morphological structure of skeleton and genetic divergence between two azooxanthellate taxa: Desmophyllum dianthus andLophelia pertusa. This research has clearly yielded unexpected results in regard to morphology and phylogeny of the solitaryDesmophyllum and the dendroid Lophelia, demonstrating that coloniality may not be a robust taxonomic character in scleractinian corals.
Anna M. Addamo,
Marine Biologist, MSc, PhD
Directorate-General Joint Research Centre
Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)
Unit H.01 Water Resources - TP270
Via E.Fermi, 2749
I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
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