Vermeij et al. 2003

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A new species of scleractinian coral (Cnidaria, Anthozoa), Madracis carmabi N. Sp. from the Caribbean

Vermeij MJA, Diekmann OE, Bak RPM

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Madracis carmabi, n. sp. is a relatively common zooxanthellate scleractinian coral found throughout the Caribbean. The species is described based on colonies collected from Curaçao. Features that distinguish this species from other Madracis species are the combination of (1) a branching morphology, and (2) decameral septal organization. The species is mostly found between 20–40 m depth. Hybridization between Madracis decactis and Madracis formosa is proposed as a process leading to this new species following the principles of reticulate evolution.

Research sites

Vermeij 2003a
Depth range
15- 45 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
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Biodiversity Evolution Taxonomy

Research focus
Scleractinia (Hard Corals)


Research platforms
Diving (unspecified)

Reports new species
Author profiles
Rolf Bak ( 15 pubs)
Mark Vermeij ( 7 pubs)