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Discovery of deep-water coral frameworks in the northern Red Sea waters of Saudi Arabia

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dc.contributor.author Qurban, Mohammad A. en
dc.contributor.author Krishnakumar, Periyadan K. en
dc.contributor.author Joydas, Thadickal V. en
dc.contributor.author Manikandan, Karuppasamy P. en
dc.contributor.author Ashraf, T. T. M. en
dc.contributor.author Sampath, Goutham en
dc.contributor.author Thiyagarajan, Duraisamy en
dc.contributor.author He, Song en
dc.contributor.author Cairns, Stephen D. en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-23T02:02:58Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-23T02:02:58Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Qurban, Mohammad A., Krishnakumar, Periyadan K., Joydas, Thadickal V., Manikandan, Karuppasamy P., Ashraf, T. T. M., Sampath, Goutham, Thiyagarajan, Duraisamy, He, Song, and Cairns, Stephen D. 2020. "<a href="http://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-72344-5">Discovery of deep-water coral frameworks in the northern Red Sea waters of Saudi Arabia</a>." <em>Scientific Reports</em>. 10 (1):Article 15356. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-72344-5">https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-72344-5</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 2045-2322
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10088/107179
dc.description.abstract This paper reports a deep-water coral framework (a single colonial bush or a larger bioconstruction of coral covering the sea bottom), formed entirely by the scleractinian coral Eguchipsammia fistula (Alcock, 1902) (Dendrophylliidae), in the northern Red Sea waters of Saudi Arabia at a depth of about 640 m. The framework consists of mostly live corals with a total area of about 10 m 2 and the length of the individual coral branches range from 12 to 30 cm. Although E. fistula is ubiquitous, this discovery is the second record of a framework formed by this species and the first discovery of a large living reef in the Red Sea. The results of the genetic study indicate the potential existence of a genetic variation of E. fistula in the Red Sea. This discovery implies that the Red Sea has favorable habitats for framework-forming DWC species and highlights the need for conducting more systematic surveys for understanding their distribution, abundance, and ecology. en
dc.relation.ispartof Scientific Reports en
dc.title Discovery of deep-water coral frameworks in the northern Red Sea waters of Saudi Arabia en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 157027
dc.identifier.doi 10.1038/s41598-020-72344-5
rft.jtitle Scientific Reports
rft.volume 10
rft.issue 1
rft.spage Article 15356
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Invertebrate Zoology en
dc.citation.spage Article 15356
dc.relation.url http://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-72344-5


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