Scleractinian corals recorded in the Argentinean Antarctic expeditions between 2012 and 2014, with comments on Flabellum (Flabellum) areum Cairns, 1982

  • Laura Schejter Instituto Nacional de INvestigación y Desarrollo Pesquero (INIDEP), Argentina; AND Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (IIMyC, CONICET)
  • Claudia S. Bremec Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (IIMyC, CONICET)
  • Stephen D. Cairns Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA 20560
Keywords: cold-water corals, Antarctica, range extension, bathymetric range extension, Scleractinia

Abstract

In this contribution, we provide a list of the scleractinian corals recorded during the Argentinean Antarctic expeditions on board the oceanographic vessel Puerto Deseado (Argentina) in the austral summers in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The identified taxa consist of six solitary species (Flabellum impensum, F. flexuosum, F. areum, Caryophyllia antarctica, Paraconotrochus antarcticus and Javania antarctica), recorded from 19 sampling sites located off the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland and South Orkney islands. We also update the information of F. areum, previously known only from south-west Atlantic waters, extending its distribution range to Antarctic waters and its upper bathymetric range to 218 m.

Keywords: cold-water corals; Antarctica; range extension; bathymetric range extension; Scleractinia.

(Published. 4 July 2016)

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Citation: Polar Research 2016, 35, 29762, http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/polar.v35.29762

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Published
2016-07-04
How to Cite
Schejter, L., Bremec, C., & Cairns, S. (2016). Scleractinian corals recorded in the Argentinean Antarctic expeditions between 2012 and 2014, with comments on <em>Flabellum (Flabellum) areum </em&gt;Cairns, 1982. Polar Research, 35. https://doi.org/10.3402/polar.v35.29762
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