[Coral-List] do coral studies lack crucial species information??

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Fri Jul 20 17:16:05 EDT 2018

I recently spotted this piece (open access):

Most insect studies lack crucial species information


"Survey results suggest that a lot of entomology research could be
impossible to replicate."

"More than 98% of entomology papers contain so little species information
on the insects being studied that they are essentially impossible to
replicate, according to a survey of more than 550 articles published in
Come to think of it, I don't remember many studies on corals in the
Indo-Pacific that include this kind of info.  May not be necessary in the
Caribbean, where many of the corals are easy to ID, but nearly all
Indo-Pacific coral species have at least one other species (usually
several) that are the very devil to tell apart.  Many studies in the I-P
report results only at the genus level, which are vastly easier to ID, and
thus more certain.  But I think this is a potential problem for work done
with individual species in the Indo-Pacific.  What do you think?  We do
need information at the species level, species within genera differ on all
kinds of things, and can differ in dramatic ways.

Cheers,  Doug

Douglas Fenner
Contractor for NOAA NMFS Protected Species, and consultant
PO Box 7390
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799  USA

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