[Coral-List] Reg. Coral Taxonomy

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Tue Jan 24 10:08:15 EST 2017

    Good question!  Dr. Veron has recently released the beta testing
version of his online website, www.coralsoftheworld.org which is an update
and expansion of his 3 volume work "Corals of the World."  This new website
has adopted many, but not all, of the changes shown in WORMS, I believe.
So most of the differences you have noticed are no longer differences, just
check that website to see which are no longer different.  The website also
has a section on "coral taxonomy" that explains many of the problems with
coral taxonomy.  They also have adopted the concepts of individual species
among the Acropora that are in the 1999 book by Wallace, "Staghorn corals
of the world" so those differences have also been resolved.  By the way,
that 1999 book has loads of pictures of skeletons of Acropora species and
detailed standard descriptions of the skeletons which are super useful in
the Indo-Pacific, I highly recommend it.  It is available on Amazon, the
Kindle version is much cheaper than the actual book.  The descriptions have
been updated in a new revision of the Acropora by Wallace, Done & Muir in
2012, which is available online open-access at
 It has updated technical descriptions of Acropora and Isopora species
skeletons and at least one new species, plus a color photo of a living
colony of each species, but does not have the photos of coral skeletons
that the book has.  A third source is "Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography
of mushroom corals" by Bert Hoeksema, which has the best technical
descriptions of mushroom corals and plenty of photos of skeletons.  It is
available online open-access at

Cheers,  Doug

On Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 1:19 AM, yogesh kumar <coralyogeeth at gmail.com>

> Dear friends,
> Clarity needed for coral taxonomy, we followed in India based on Dr. Veron
> identification (Corals of the World), but in the WoRMS most of the genera
> are synonymised and changed.
> Which one we can follow?
> Will you please give suggestion in this regards.
> *Dr. J.S.Yogesh Kumar*
> Post Doctoral Fellow
> Zoological Survey of India
> Kolkata
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