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American Journal of Zoological Research. 2017, 5(1), 13-23
DOI: 10.12691/ajzr-5-1-3
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New Information about the Solitary Deep-Water Corals of the Vietnamese Shelf

Yuri Ya. Latypov1,

1A.V. Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine Biology, National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok

Pub. Date: March 29, 2017

Cite this paper:
Yuri Ya. Latypov. New Information about the Solitary Deep-Water Corals of the Vietnamese Shelf. American Journal of Zoological Research. 2017; 5(1):13-23. doi: 10.12691/ajzr-5-1-3

Abstract

Described solitary corals collected of the shelf Vietnam when deep-water drilling on the R/V "Akademik Oparin". In general were identified 22 species, 13 genera attributed to the 6 families. One species were not previously known to science, 14 species not previously known for Vietnam. Most massive settlements have formed two species Flabellum pavonium (21spec. in samples) and Tropidocyathus longiseptum sp.nov (23 spec. in samples). Most taxonomically rich coral genera were Flabellum and Truncatoflabellum. The high density of corals noted at stations with depths 136 and 180 m, the greatest variety at a depth of 120-136 m. Deep water corals in Vietnam (54 species) are integral with the coral fauna of the Indo-Polynesian Province. These data complement the general characteristics of the knowledge of the composition, morphology and chorology world fauna solitary ahermatypic coral.

Keywords:
corals deep-water chorology shelf Vietnam

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