A New Northernmost Distribution Record of the Reef Coral Duncanopsammia axifuga at Bird’s Head Peninsula, West Papua, Indonesia

Beginer Subhan, Tries B. Razak, Dondy Arafat, Neviaty P. Zamani, Prehadi, Dea Fauzia Lestari, Bert Hoeksema*

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Abstract

Duncanopsammia axifuga (Scleractinia: Dendrophylliidae) is reported for the first time from Indonesia. A population was found in 5-m deep, murky water on a sediment-rich, inshore reef at Bird’s Head Peninsula, West Papua. Some corals were attached to dead coral and others were loose fragments living on sediment. One attached specimen was observed to be damaged as a result of direct contact with an adjacent Goniopora coral. Free-living specimens on sand are more likely able to escape competition for space. These observations may help to better understand the northernmost range limit and the natural environment of D. axifuga, a species that is popular in the international aquarium trade, but has not been studied very well in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Article number713
Number of pages7
JournalDiversity
Volume14
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28-Aug-2022

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