Occurrence

Sandalolitha boucheti, a new species of mushroom coral (Scleractinia, Fungiidae) of Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu, West Pacifc)

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Description

A total of 35 mushroom coral species (Scleractinia, Fungiidae) was recorded at the southeastern coast of Espiritu Santo, northern Vanuatu, during the SANTO 2006 expedition. One species, Sandalolitha boucheti n. sp., is described as new to science. It can be distinguished from its congeners by dense and thin septa, fine serrated septal dentations, evenly distributed stomata, and a light brown colour. The present species number is distinctly higher than previous records and suggests that northern Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo in particular, should be included in the so-called Coral Triangle, the Indo-West Pacific centre of maximum marine biodiversity, which would require an extension of this area in southeastward direction.

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Hoeksema B W (2024). Sandalolitha boucheti, a new species of mushroom coral (Scleractinia, Fungiidae) of Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu, West Pacifc). Version 1.0. Southwestern Pacific Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Node. Occurrence dataset. https://nzobisipt.niwa.co.nz/resource?r=sandalolitha_boucheti_vanuatu&v=1.0

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Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Bert W. Hoeksema
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  • Originator
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Researcher
Department of Marine Zoology, Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis
P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden
NL
Kevin Mackay

Geographic Coverage

Indo-Pacific

Bounding Coordinates South West [-21.437, 118.557], North East [4.235, 167.322]

Taxonomic Coverage

Mushroom corals (Scleractinia, Fungiidae)

Species Sandalolitha boucheti (Mushroom coral)

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Hoeksema B. W. 2012. Mushroom corals (Scleractinia, Fungiidae) of Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu, West Pacific), with the description of a new species. Zoosystema 34 (2): 429-443. http://dx.doi.org/10.5252/z2012n2a14

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS