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Deltocyathiidae, an early-diverging family of Robust corals (Anthozoa, Scleractinia)

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dc.contributor.author Kitahara, Marcelo V. en
dc.contributor.author Cairns, Stephen D. en
dc.contributor.author Stolarski, Jaroslaw en
dc.contributor.author Miller, David J. en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-15T19:21:11Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-15T19:21:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Kitahara, Marcelo V., Cairns, Stephen D., Stolarski, Jarosław, and Miller, David J. 2012. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/19532">Deltocyathiidae, an early-diverging family of Robust corals (Anthozoa, Scleractinia)</a>." <em>Zoologica Scripta</em>. 42 (2):201&ndash;212. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1463-6409.2012.00575.x">https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1463-6409.2012.00575.x</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 0300-3256
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/19532
dc.description.abstract Kitahara, M.V., Cairns, S.D., Stolarski, J. &amp; Miller, D.J. (2012). Deltocyathiidae, an early-diverging family of Robust corals (Anthozoa, Scleractinia). Zoologica Scripta, 00, 000 000.Over the last decade, molecular phylogenetics has called into question some fundamental aspects of coral systematics. Within the Scleractinia, most families composed exclusively by zooxanthellate species are polyphyletic on the basis of molecular data, and the second most speciose coral family, the Caryophylliidae (most members of which are azooxanthellate), is an unnatural grouping. As part of the process of resolving taxonomic affinities of caryophylliids , here a new Robust scleractinian family (Deltocyathiidae fam. n.) is proposed on the basis of combined molecular (CO1 and 28S rDNA) and morphological data, accommodating the early-diverging clade of traditional caryophylliids (represented today by the genus Deltocyathus). Whereas this family captures the full morphological diversity of the genus Deltocyathus, one species, Deltocyathus magnificus, is an outlier in terms of molecular data, and groups with the Complex coral family Turbinoliidae. Ultrastructural data, however, place D. magnificus within Deltocyathiidae fam. nov. Unfortunately, limited ultrastructural data are as yet available for turbinoliids, but D. magnificus may represent the first documented case of morphological convergence at the microstructural level among scleractinian corals. Marcelo V. Kitahara, Centro de Biologia Marinha, Universidade de São Paulo, São Sebastião, S.P. 11600-000, Brazil. E-mail:kitahara@usp.br en
dc.relation.ispartof Zoologica Scripta en
dc.title Deltocyathiidae, an early-diverging family of Robust corals (Anthozoa, Scleractinia) en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 113639
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1463-6409.2012.00575.x
rft.jtitle Zoologica Scripta
rft.volume 42
rft.issue 2
rft.spage 201
rft.epage 212
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Invertebrate Zoology en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 201
dc.citation.epage 212

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