Porites decasepta: A new species of scleractinian coral (Scleractinia, Poritidae) from Oman

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-62
Number of pages8
JournalZootaxa
Issue number1188
Publication statusPublished - Apr 28 2006

Keywords

  • Arabian Sea
  • Cnidaria
  • New species
  • Oman
  • Porites
  • Poritidae
  • Scleractinia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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