PLoS ONE volume 9, issue 5, Pe98406 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098406 View full text
Yuko F. Kitano, Francesca Benzoni, Roberto Arrigoni, Yoshihisa Shirayama, Carden C. Wallace, Hironobu Fukami

Abstract: The family Poritidae formerly included 6 genera: Alveopora, Goniopora, Machadoporites, Porites, Poritipora, and Stylaraea. Morphologically, the genera can be differentiated based on the number of tentacles, the number of septa and their arrangement, the length of the polyp column, and the diameter of the corallites. However, the phylogenetic relationships within and between the genera are unknown or contentious. On the one hand, Alveopora has been transferred to the Acroporidae recently because it was shown to…

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