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Taxonomic inventory of Scleractinia in French overseas territories
Vandel, E.; Pichon, M.; Joannot, P. (2012). Taxonomic inventory of Scleractinia in French overseas territories, in: Yellowlees, D. et al. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium. pp. 4
In: Yellowlees, D.; Hughes, T.P. (Ed.) (2012). Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium. James Cook University: Queensland. ISBN 978-0-9808572-5-2. , more

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    Scleractinia, coral reefs, inventory, French overseas territories, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, French Polynesia, Clipperton, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy, Mayotte, Réunion, Iles Eparses

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  • Vandel, E.
  • Pichon, M.
  • Joannot, P.

    The French Coral Reef Initiative (IFRECOR) has initiated a programme in the French overseas territories in order to centralise the management of reef biodiversity data and to improve access to this information, in particular by coral reefs managers. The French Government, through IFRECOR, has entrusted the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN, Paris) with the development of biodiversity inventories for coral reef systems across its overseas territories. The Natural Heritage Department of the MNHN (Service du Patrimoine Naturel) manages France’s national inventory of natural heritage (Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel, INPN) and all related databases. This information can be accessed by managers in order, for example, to tailor specific conservation measures to relevant habitats or species in a geographical area. Diversity and distribution data are collected for all taxonomic groups associated with coral reefs, in close collaboration with taxonomic experts and local overseas IFRECOR committees. Raw data are then processed, verified and integrated, and taxonomic reference lists by geographic are generated. Finally, the MNHN diffuses this information via the INPN website ( With respect to scleractinian corals, the taxonomic inventory for all French overseas coral reefs is now complete. The inventory includes 463 species of Scleractinian corals in reefs developed in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The number of species are: New Caledonia 344; Wallis and Futuna 184; French Polynesia 194; Clipperton 17; Martinique 53; Guadeloupe 42; Saint-Martin 30; Saint-Barthélemy 48; Mayotte 212; La Réunion 167; and Iles Eparses 62.

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