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Past corals and recent reefs in Indonesia
Boekschoten, G.J.; Best, M.B.; Oosterbaan, A.; Molenkamp, F.M. (1989). Past corals and recent reefs in Indonesia. Neth. J. Sea Res. 23(2): 117-122
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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  • Boekschoten, G.J.
  • Best, M.B.
  • Oosterbaan, A.
  • Molenkamp, F.M.

    During the Snellius-II Expedition Lower Pliocene coral material was collected near Salayer, and Quaternary reefs were sampled on Ambon and Sumba. Coral collections from the Pliocene of Nias were also available for study. This new material is presented together with earlier data. Preservation potentials of different coral growth forms are reviewed. The absence of Acropora and Montipara from Quaternary coral faunae is striking. This is interpreted with the model of Potts (1983), on the disturbance by Pleistocene sea level fluctuations in the reef coral fauna. Diversification within both genera is apparently very recent, which may explain their complex taxonomy. Given the dominant role of Acropara and Montipara in many present day Indonesian reefs, these are better described as transitional assemblages of corals than as established coral communities.

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