volume 19, issue 1, P33-34 2017
DOI: 10.3755/galaxea.19.1_33
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Abstract: Phenotypic variation in reef building corals is poorly understood. For example, color polymorphism is known in Montipora verrilli Vaughan 1907, and M. patula Verrill 1864; two corals that are challenging to distinguish and are of uncertain taxonomic status. Using morphological data, Maragos (1977) and Veron and Stafford-Smith (2000) describe these as separate species; however, Fenner (2005) does not. Molecular markers (ITS, ATP-6, COI, CYT-B, and 16S) fail to resolve these species, and no quantitative skeletal…

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