A new species of scleractinian coral, Parites decasepta spec. nov. (Scleractinia, Poritidae) is described from the Bar Al-Hikman reef complex along the Arabian Sea coast of the Sultanate of Oman. Parites decasepta spec. nov. forms encrusting, bright blue colonies rarely exceeding 7 cm in diameter. Corallites, about Imm in diameter, have only 10 septa: the two lateral septa of the ventral triplet typical of Parites septal arrangement are missing or strongly reduced.
- Arabian Sea
- New species
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Animal Science and Zoology