A Goniopora stokesi community at Tatsugasako, Otsuki, 2020-01-23Kochi, Japan: a new northernmost specimen-based record

James Davis Reimer, Takuma Fujii, Hiroki Kise, Kensuke Yanagi, Katie Cook, James Cant, Keita Koeda, Tatsuki Koido, Takaya Kitamura, Takuma Mezaki

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The zooxanthellate scleractinian species Goniopora stokesi is widely distributed across the Indo-Pacific Ocean, and in Japan the northernmost records of this species are from Tatsukushi, Kochi on Shikoku, although these records are not associated with specimens deposited in museums. The species is unique among Goniopora in that it lives on soft bottom sediment, forming free-living colonies, and produces asexual daughter colonies, or ‘polyp balls,’ via budding from parent colonies. Here we report on a large G. stokesi community from Otsuki, Kochi, Japan, representing the northernmost specimen-based record of the species. Specimen-based records are important as verifiable baseline data in light of global warming and climate change, which is expected to drastically effect the marine flora and fauna of Kochi and surrounding areas.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-187
Number of pages3
JournalPlankton and Benthos Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 29 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Dr. Masami Obuchi (Education Center, Manazuru Town Office) is thanked for the initial suggestion of the dive site. The authors thank Dr. Hironobu Fukami (Miyazaki University) and Dr. Francesca Benzoni (University of Milano/ King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) for confirmation of species identification of the specimens, and Dr. Helmut Zibrowius for information on references and
Goniopora stokesi. TF was supported by JSPS KAKENHI (JP17K15198 and JP17H01913) grants and the “Establishment of Research and Education Network on Biodiversity and Its Conservation in the Satsunan Islands” project of Kagoshima University adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. KC and JC were supported by the Winifred Scott Foundation.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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