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Zoanthids (Anthozoa, Hexacorallia) from the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, Australia: Systematics, evolution and a key to species

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dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Swansea University
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Univ Coll Swansea
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science (aims) en
dc.contributor.author BURNETT, WJ
dc.contributor.author BENZIE, JAH
dc.contributor.author BEARDMORE, JA
dc.contributor.author RYLAND, JS
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-28T06:42:03Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-21T00:48:52Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-21T00:48:52Z
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-01T03:14:56Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-21T00:48:52Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-28T06:42:03Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-28T06:42:03Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-01T03:14:56Z
dc.date.issued 1997-02-01
dc.identifier 2902 en
dc.identifier.citation Burnett WJ, Benzie JAH, Beardmore JA and Ryland JS (1997) Zoanthids (Anthozoa, Hexacorallia) from the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, Australia: systematics, evolution and a key to species. Coral Reefs. 16: 55-68. en
dc.identifier.issn 0722-4028
dc.identifier.uri http://epubs.aims.gov.au/11068/2902
dc.description.abstract Zoanthid taxonomy is currently in a state of chaos, with many described species very few of which can be reliably identified. As part of a genetically based, objective reappraisal of the number of northern Australian species, a total of 355 zoanthid specimens were collected from 19 localities in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait during 1992-1994. Specimens, initially assigned to one of ten morphological or ecological forms, were subjected to allozyme electrophoretic analysis. Analysis of genetic data revealed only seven discrete (i.e., non-interbreeding) groups in the family Zoanthidae. These groups, which are delimited by fixed gene differences, are considered species under a biological species concept. Some species show considerable morphological variation and have broad environmental tolerances. We provide the first key to Great Barrier Reef zoanthid species based on our results and observations. Species can be differentiated in the field on the basis of gross colony morphology, sand encrusting habit, polyp form and habitat. Genetic data are also used to generate a phylogenetic hypothesis of relationships among the Zoanthidae, which is compared to previous morphologically based systems. Division of the group on the basis of mesenterial arrangement appears justified, but nematocyst data appear less valuable in phylogenetic studies of the group than has been suggested previously.
dc.language English
dc.language en en
dc.publisher Springer-Verlag en
dc.relation.ispartof Coral Reefs - pages: 16: 55-68 en
dc.relation.ispartof Null
dc.relation.uri http://data.aims.gov.au/metadataviewer/uuid/59e70620-4ade-11dc-8f56-00008a07204e en
dc.subject Population-genetics
dc.subject Marine & Freshwater Biology
dc.subject Reproductive Isolation
dc.subject Actinia-equina
dc.subject Electrophoretic Data
dc.subject Tropical Zoanthid
dc.subject Protopalythoa Sp
dc.subject Coelenterata
dc.subject Divergence
dc.title Zoanthids (Anthozoa, Hexacorallia) from the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, Australia: Systematics, evolution and a key to species
dc.type journal article en
dc.identifier.wos WOS:A1997WM14400009


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