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Benayahu, Y. (2002). Soft corals (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) of the southern Ryukyu Archipelago: The families Tubiporidae, Clavulariidae, Alcyoniidae and Briareidae. Journal of the Japanese Coral Reef Society. 2002(4): 11-32.
10.3755/jcrs.2002.11 [view]
Benayahu, Y.
Soft corals (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) of the southern Ryukyu Archipelago: The families Tubiporidae, Clavulariidae, Alcyoniidae and Briareidae
Journal of the Japanese Coral Reef Society
2002(4): 11-32
Species composition of soft corals from the Yaeyama and Miyako island groups, of Sakishima Is., located at the southern part of the Ryukyu Archipelago were studied during 1992 and 1993. SCUBA collections were carried out at 18 sites around the islands down to 30m. The collection, comprising approximately 200 specimens, yielded 45 species. The survey established two new species: Sinularia higai and S. tanakai, and in addition revealed 14 new zoogeographical records. Among the latter are Protodendron and Rhytisma species, which are the first records of these genera in the Ryukyu Archipelago. The obtained results along with a previous survey on Sesoko Is. show the genus Sinularia have the highest species diversity on the reefs, comprising 33-45% of total species number. Synthesizing the existing data for the south Ryukyu Archipelago yielded a total of 56 soft coral species (11 genera) of the families Clavulariidae, Tubiporidae, Alcyoniidae and Briareidae. Since the survey was conducted prior to the recent mass coral bleaching event (1998) in the region, it is of prime importance to monitor changes in soft coral species diversity and abundance there. Such data will indicate possible shifts in benthic community structure on the reefs and the rate of recovery.
Sea of Japan
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Cladiella australis (Macfadyen, 1936) (additional source)
Cladiella pachyclados (Klunzinger, 1877) (additional source)
Klyxum utinomii (Verseveldt, 1971) (additional source)
Lobophytum crassum von Marenzeller, 1886 (additional source)
Lobophytum depressum Tixier-Durivault, 1966 (additional source)
Lobophytum patulum Tixier-Durivault, 1956 (additional source)
Lobophytum pauciflorum (Ehrenberg, 1834) (additional source)
Lobophytum venustum Tixier-Durivault, 1957 (additional source)
Rhytisma fulvum (Forsk√•l, 1775) (additional source)
Sarcophyton ehrenbergi von Marenzeller, 1886 (additional source)
Sarcophyton glaucum (Quoy & Gaimard, 1833) (additional source)
Sarcophyton infundibuliforme Tixier-Durivault, 1958 (additional source)
Sarcophyton trocheliophorum von Marenzeller, 1886 (additional source)
Sinularia brassica May, 1898 (additional source)
Sinularia erecta Tixier-Durivault, 1945 accepted as Sclerophytum erectum (Tixier-Durivault, 1945) (additional source)
Sinularia heterospiculata Verseveldt, 1970 accepted as Sclerophytum heterospiculatum (Verseveldt, 1970) (additional source)
Sinularia humesi Verseveldt, 1968 accepted as Sclerophytum humesi (Verseveldt, 1968) (additional source)
Sinularia leptoclados (Ehrenberg, 1834) accepted as Sclerophytum leptoclados (Ehrenberg, 1834) (additional source)
Sinularia polydactyla (Ehrenberg, 1834) accepted as Sclerophytum polydactylum (Ehrenberg, 1834) (additional source)
Sinularia querciformis (Pratt, 1903) accepted as Sclerophytum querciforme Pratt, 1903 (additional source)
Sinularia schleyeri Benayahu, 1993 accepted as Sclerophytum schleyeri (Benayahu, 1993) (additional source)
Sinularia variabilis Tixier-Durivault, 1945 accepted as Sclerophytum variabile (Tixier-Durivault, 1945) (additional source)
Sinularia vrijmoethi Verseveldt, 1971 accepted as Sclerophytum vrijmoethi (Verseveldt, 1971) (additional source)
Tubipora musica Linnaeus, 1758 (additional source)