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Recent scleractinian coral species collected during the Snellius-II Expedition in eastern Indonesia
Borel Best, M.; Hoeksema, B.W.; Moka, W.; Moll, A.; Suharsono; Nyoman Sutarna, I. (1989). Recent scleractinian coral species collected during the Snellius-II Expedition in eastern Indonesia. Neth. J. Sea Res. 23(2): 107-115
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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    Marine

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  • Borel Best, M.
  • Hoeksema, B.W., more
  • Moka, W.
  • Moll, A.
  • Suharsono
  • Nyoman Sutarna, I.

Abstract
    A ship-based expedition facilitates coral reef research in areas which are otherwise difficult to reach. In nine different areas visited during the Snellius-II Expedition in 1984 approximately 350 scleractinian coral species, belonging to 75 coral genera, were collected. A survey is given of these species and the localities where they were found. The data set gives a qualitative indication of the species richness in the different areas. This aspect is discussed in some detail. It is suggested that Indonesian waters east of the Sunda shelf are richest in coral species because of the rugged geography of the region, providing ample refuge areas during Pleistocene times.

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