Vol. 61, 2022
Three New Species of the Sun
Coral Genus Tubastraea
(Scleractinia: Dendrophylliidae) from Hong Kong, China
Sam King Fung Yiu1 and Jian-Wen
of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China.
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2Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong
Laboratory (Guangzhou), Guangzhou, China
3HKBU Institute of Research and Continuing Education,
Received 9 February 2022 / Accepted 26
Communicated by Benny K.K. Chan
Tubastraea is a genus of
azooxanthellate scleractinian corals belonging to the family
Dendrophylliidae, which are commonly called sun corals. This genus
currently has seven recognized species only. In this paper, we report
three new species of Tubastraea,
including T. dendroida sp.
nov., which has a tree-like colony, T.
violacea sp. nov., which has violet polyps, and T. chloromura sp. nov., which has
olive green polyps. These species are distinct in their septal
structures, as well as their rDNA sequences including the entire ITS1, 5.8S and ITS2, and a segment of the 18S and
Key words: Scleractinian coral,
Azooxanthellate, Ahermatypic coral, Dendrophylliid, South China Sea.
Citation: Yiu SKF, Qiu JW. 2022. Three new
species of the sun coral genus Tubastraea
(Scleractinia: Dendrophylliidae) from Hong Kong. Zool Stud 61:45.
Materials: Fig. S1丨Fig. S2丨Fig. S3丨Table S1