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A systematic study of some Black Corals species (Antipatharia, Hexacorallia) based on rDNA internal transcribed spacers sequences
Lapian, H.F.N.; Barucca, M.; Bavestrello, G.; Biscotti, M.A.; Bo, M.; Canapa, A.; Tazioli, S.; Olmo, E. (2007). A systematic study of some Black Corals species (Antipatharia, Hexacorallia) based on rDNA internal transcribed spacers sequences. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 151(2): 785-792. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-006-0525-8
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Lapian, H.F.N.
  • Barucca, M.
  • Bavestrello, G.
  • Biscotti, M.A.
  • Bo, M.
  • Canapa, A.
  • Tazioli, S.
  • Olmo, E.

Abstract
    A phylogenetic analysis based on rDNA internal transcribed spacers (ITS) sequences was performed on 15 species of black corals assigned to the genera Antipathes, Stichopathes, Cirrhipathes, Rhipidipathes, Antipathella, Myriopathes and Cupressopathes recorded from the Messina Strait (Mediterranean Sea) and the Bunaken Marine Park (Celebes Sea, Indonesia). The phylogenetic analysis shows that the examined species are grouped in two main branches corresponding to the families Antipathidae-Aphanipathidae and Myriopathidae. While among the Myriopathidae species there is a very small genetic distance, the Antipathidae-Aphanipathidae clade shows a high degree of divergence between different genera. According to this study, the taxon Antipathes? sp. 3 characterised by a bush-like corallum without a well-defined axis, probably belongs to a new undescribed genus of the family Antipathidae.

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