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Scléractiniaires des îles Saint Paul et Amsterdam (Sud de l'Ocean Indien) = Scleractinia of Saint-Paul and Amsterdam islands (southern Indian Ocean)
Zibrowius, H. (1974). Scléractiniaires des îles Saint Paul et Amsterdam (Sud de l'Ocean Indien) = Scleractinia of Saint-Paul and Amsterdam islands (southern Indian Ocean). Téthys 5(4): 747-778
In: Téthys. Station Marine d'Endoume, Centre d'Océanographie de Marseille: Marseille. ISSN 0040-4012, more
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Abstract
    Study of 11 species of Scleractinia collected partly by the "Valdivia" (1898-1899), partly in recent years while fishing spiny lobsters. Synonymy and distribution of 7 species identified are summarized whereas 4 species, each of them represented by only one sample, could not yet be identified (Caryophyllia sp., Deltocyathus sp., Dendrophyllia sp., Paracyathus sp.). Five species, generally living at bathyal depths, are common to the northeastern Atlantic and Saint Paul and Amsterdam islands (Desmophyllum cristagalli, Lophelia pertusa, Madrepora oculata, Solenosmilia variabilis, Stenocyathus vermiformis). Some of them are known further in the Indian Ocean and even in the Pacific. A tiny interstitial shallow water species is closely related to a form from the northeastern Atlantic (Sphenotrochus sp.). Caryophyllia profunda, known only from the southern seas between Tristan da Cunha archipelago (southern Atlantic) and Chatham Islands (southwestern Pacific), is compared in detail with Caryophyllia cyathus from the northeastern Atlantic. Because of the collecting methods and the number of samples from probably not very diversified bottoms, only a small number of species living around Saint Paul and Amsterdam islands were collected. The Scleractinian fauna on rocky bottom at shallow depths remains unknown.

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