Exploring the genetic diversity of shallow-water Agariciidae (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) from the Saudi Arabian Red Sea

Tullia Isotta Terraneo, Roberto Arrigoni, Francesca Benzoni, Matthew Tietbohl, Michael L. Berumen

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Scleractinian corals ascribed to the family Agariciidae represent an important component of Red Sea coral reef fauna, though little genetic data are currently available for this group, and existing information shows polyphyly in the examined mesophotic taxa from the Pacific Ocean. In this work, we provide a first genetic survey of Agariciidae from the Saudi Arabian Red Sea, based on a collection of shallow-water material (
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1065-1078
Number of pages14
JournalMarine Biodiversity
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 19 2017

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): URF/1/1389-01-01, FCC/1/1973-07
Acknowledgements: This research was undertaken in accordance with the policies and procedures of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Permissions relevant for KAUST to undertake the research have been obtained from the applicable governmental agencies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We wish to thank the captain and crew of the MV Dream Master, the KAUST Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab, A. Gusti (KAUST), and T.H. Sinclair-Taylor (KAUST). T.I.T. and R.A. gratefully acknowledge J.D. DiBattista (CURTIN) and P. Saenz-Agudelo (UACH) for their assistance at KAUST. This project was supported by funding from KAUST (award nos. URF/1/1389-01-01 and FCC/1/1973-07, and baseline research funds to M.L.B.).


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