Geographic ranges of reef corals (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Scleractinia) in the Indo-Pacific

  • Hughes T
  • Connolly S
  • Keith S
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Abstract Information on geographic ranges and the location of range boundaries of individual species is key to studies of biogeography, evolution, macroecology, and conservation biology. Traditionally, marine biogeography has emphasized patterns in contours of species or generic richness, based on counts of species collected from different locations. To understand more fully why these and other patterns occur requires data on the geographic extent of individual species, and how their ranges overlap. We compiled a spatial database of geographic range boundaries from the primary literature and from our own records for Indo-Pacific reef-building scleractinian corals (726 species in 17 families: Acroporidae, Agariciidae, Astrocoeniidae, Caryophylliidae, Dendrophylliidae, Euphyllidae, Faviidae, Fungiidae, Meandrinidae, Merulinidae, Oculinidae, Pocilloporidae, Poritidae, Mussidae, Pectiniidae, Siderastreidae, and Trachyphylliidae). Corals have strongly skewed range distributions, with many species being pandemi...

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  • Indo-Pacific
  • coral triangle hotspot
  • corals
  • endemics
  • geographic range
  • pandemics
  • range boundaries
  • species richness

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  • Terry P. Hughes

  • Sean R. Connolly

  • Sally a. Keith

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