Taxon name selected

Psammocora explanulata van der Horst, 1922


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Target Taxon

Psammocora explanulata van der Horst, 1922

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Authority reference(s):

van der Horst, C.J. (1922). Percy Sladen Trust Expedition to the Indian Ocean in 1905. No. IX.—Madreporaria: Agaricidæ. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London. 2nd Series: Zoology 18(1):417-429. doi: 10.1111 j.1096-3642.1922.tb00555.x.

Taxonomic note: Placed in genus Cycloseris by Benzoni, Arrigoni, Stefani et al. (2012) based mainly on genetic evidence. It is retained here as a Psammocora because it does not match the distinctive genus-level characters of Cycloseris, which represent predominantly solitary, unattached mushroom corals. It may warrant a separate generic designation, along with Coscinaraea wellsi, see 'Overview of coral taxonomy'

Taxonomic reference(s):

Veron, J.E.N. and Pichon, M. (1976). Scleractinia of eastern Australia. Part I. Families Thamnasteriidae, Astrocoeniidae, Pocilloporidae. (Townsville, Australia: Australian Institute of Marine Science), 1:1-86.

Veron, J.E.N. (2000a). Corals of the World. Townsville: Australian Institute of Marine Science. Volumes 1-3. 1410pp.

Benzoni, F., Stefani, F., Stolarski, J., Pichon, M., Mitta, G. and Galli, P. (2007). Debating phylogenetic relationships of the scleractinian Psammocora: molecular and morphological evidences. Contributions to Zoology 76(1):35-54.

Benzoni, F., Arrigoni, R., Stefani, F., Reijnen, B.T. and Montano, S. (2012). Phylogenetic position and taxonomy of Cycloseris explanulata and C. wellsi (Scleractinia: Fungiidae): lost mushroom corals find their way home. Contributions to Zoology 81(3):125-146.

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