Consolidated Checklist of Hard Corals of the Genus Acropora Oken, 1815 (Scleractinia: Acroporidae) in North Borneo, East Malaysia

Rolando Robert, and Dexter Jiunn Herng Lee, and Kenneth Francis Rodrigues, and Muhammad Ali Syed Hussein, (2016) Consolidated Checklist of Hard Corals of the Genus Acropora Oken, 1815 (Scleractinia: Acroporidae) in North Borneo, East Malaysia. Zootaxa. 259 -304.

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Abstract

Acropora is the most biologically diverse group of reef-building coral, and its richness peaks at the Indo-Malay-Philippine Archipelago, the centre of global coral reef biodiversity. In this paper, we describe the species richness of Acropora fauna of North Borneo, East Malaysia, based on review of literature and as corroborated by voucher specimens. Eighty-three species of Acropora are reported here; four species are literature based and 79 are supported by voucher specimens that were subsequently photographed. New records for North Borneo were recorded for 12 species, including Acropora suharsonoi Wallace 1994 that was previously thought to be confined to a few islands along Lombok Strait, Indonesia. The diversity of Acropora in North Borneo is comparable to that of Indonesia and the Philippines, despite the area’s smaller reef areas. This further reinforces its inclusion as part the global hotspot of coral biodiversity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coelenterata, staghorn corals, species checklist, Sabah, Labuan, East Malaysia
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: SCHOOL > Borneo Marine Research Institute
Depositing User: MR OTHMAN HJ RAWI
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2019 08:05
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2019 04:08
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/21426

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