Zoological Studies

Vol. 57, 2018

(update: 2018.11.06) 

The Scleractinia (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) of Abu-Musa and Sirri Islands, Persian Gulf

Parisa Alidoost Salimi1, Pargol Ghavam Mostafavi1,*, Chaolun Allen Chen2, Seyed Mohammad Reza Fatemi1, and Michel Pichon3

1Department of Marine Science, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
2Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Nangang, Taipei, 11529, Taiwan
3Queensland Museum, Townsville, QLD, Australia

(Received 25 February 2018; Accepted 18 October 2018; Communicated by Yoko Nozawa)

Parisa Alidoost Salimi, Pargol Ghavam Mostafavi, Chaolun Allen Chen, Seyed Mohammad Reza Fatemi, and Michel Pichon (2018) There are many islands in the Iranian waters, but little is known about their coral species. This is a first attempt to describe and illustrate the coral species occurring in Abu-Musa and Sirri Islands. Overall, 26 species belonging to 9 families are reported, and three unidentified species and two species are added to coral communities of Iran. This study also provides overall insight on coral fauna in the Persian Gulf.

Key words: Corals, Morphological identification, Abu-Musa Island, Sirri Island, Persian Gulf.

*Correspondence: E-mail: mostafavi_pa@srbiau.ac.ir