Three New Species of the Sun Coral Genus Tubastraea (Scleractinia: Dendrophylliidae) from Hong Kong, China

Sam King Fung Yiu, Jianwen Qiu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Tubastraea is a genus of azooxanthellate scleractinian corals belonging to the family Dendrophylliidae, which are commonly called sun corals. This genus currently has only seven recognized species. In this paper, we report three new species of Tubastraea, including T. dendroida sp. nov., which has a tree-like colony, T. violacea sp. nov., which has violet polyps, and T. chloromura sp. nov., which has olive green polyps. These species are distinct in their septal structures, as well as their rDNA sequences including the entire ITS1, 5.8S and ITS2, and a segment of the 18S and 28S genes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number45
Number of pages12
JournalZoological Studies
Volume61
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Ahermatypic coral
  • Azooxanthellate
  • Dendrophylliid
  • Scleractinian coral
  • South China Sea

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