Australian Museum Journal Two new scleractinian corals from Australia

Shortform:
Wells, 1962, Rec. Aust. Mus. 25(11): 239–242
Author(s):
Wells, J. W.
Year published:
1962
Title:
Two new scleractinian corals from Australia
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
25
Issue:
11
Start page:
239
End page:
242
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.25.1962.663
Language:
English
Plates:
plates xvi–xviii
Date published:
19 June 1962
Cover date:
19 June 1962
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
05 August 2009
Reference number:
663
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (120kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1993kb PDF)

Abstract

Several years ago two new species of the reef-building coral genus Coscinaraea were discovered nearly simultaneously in the extreme eastern and south-western parts of Australia. ... The two new species described below occur at the extreme southern limits of hermatypic corals in eastern and south-western Australia. The most southerly occurrence of Coscinaraea known to this time is at Rundle Island (23°30'S.) on the Great Barrier Reefs (Wells, 155, p. 25, and chart), about 600 miles north of Sydney and where the winter minimum temperatures are about 17°C. The genus has not been previously reported from northwestern or western Australia. In eastern Australia the writer (1955) has noted the occurrence of a few reef coral genera as far south as Sydney: Montipora, Cyphastrea, Turbinaria, Stylocoeniella and Plesiastrea. To this short list is now added Coscinaraea mcneilli n.sp., from Manly Cove and vicinity, in waters where the temperature range is from 12°C in June to 24.5°C in January.

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