Four new species of zoanthids identified


Clockwise from Top Left: 1) Undescribed Zoanthus aff. pulchellus 2) Undescribed Palythoa aff. variabilis 3) Zoanthus solanderi 4) Undescribed Terrazoanthus sp.

Via Coralmorphologic.com:  Shallow Floridan reef zoanthids of the genus Palythoa, Zoanthus, Isaurus, and Terrazoanthus were collected for phylogenetic study.  DNA analysis identified at least eleven species, four of which appear undescribed including the first confirmation of Terrazoanthus sp. in the Caribbean.

The finding is published in the Hindawi Journal of Marine Biology.

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