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Benayahu et al. 2017


scientific article | Zookeys | open access

Search for mesophotic octocorals (Cnidaria, Anthozoa) and their phylogeny. II. A new zooxanthellate species from Eilat, northern Red Sea

Benayahu Y, McFadden CS, Shoham E, van Ofwegen LP



Abstract

An octocoral survey conducted in the mesophotic coral ecosystem (MCE) of Eilat (Gulf of Aqaba, northern Red Sea) yielded a new species of the speciose reef-dwelling genus Sinularia. It features encrusting colony morphology with a thin, funnel-shaped polypary. Sinularia mesophotica sp. n. (family Alcyoniidae) is described and compared to the other congeners with similar morphology. Both the morphological and molecular examination justified the establishment of the new species, also assigning it to a new genetic clade within Sinularia. The results highlight its unique phylogenetic position within the genus, and this is the first described species of a mesophotic zooxanthellate octocoral.

Keywords
Meta-data
Depth range
62- 62 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
34 x (total of 2337 words)

Fields
Taxonomy

Focusgroups
Octocorallia (Soft Corals)

Locations
Israel - Red Sea

Platforms
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)


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