Environment and Ecology Research Vol. 5(3), pp. 204 - 211
DOI: 10.13189/eer.2017.050305
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The Study of Species Richness in Coral Communities of Vietnam

Yuri Ya. Latypov *
A.V. Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine Biology, National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia


Dynamics of biodiversity research traced reef-building scleractinian on the reefs of Vietnam for more than 35 years. Found 376 corals species, pertaining to 80 genera (including nine ahermatypic corals), of which 153 species, belonging to 28 genera, were not previously known for that region, and 16 species from six genera were described for the first time. As in most Indo-Pacific reefs, the species diversity of Vietnam's reefs consists mainly of the members of five families: Acroporidae (98 species), Faviidae (42 species), Fungiidae (32 species), Poritidae (31 species), and Dendrophylliidae (26 species), making up altogether 64.48% of the total scleractinian species composition. The species composition and high diversity of Vietnam's coral fauna, as well as its close similarity to the Southwest Pacific coral fauna, allow one to refer it to the Indonesia-Polynesian center of origin of the coral faunas of the tropical Indo-Pacific. The whole Vietnam coast, from the Gulf of Tonkin to the Gulf of Siam, is a biogeographically single whole and is part of the Indo-Polynesian Province of the Indo-Pacific Area.

Biodiversity, Coral Community, Reef, Vietnam

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[1] Yuri Ya. Latypov , "The Study of Species Richness in Coral Communities of Vietnam," Environment and Ecology Research, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 204 - 211, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/eer.2017.050305.

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