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Antipatharian corals of Ascension Island

  • Dennis M. Opresko (a1)

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Seven species of antipatharian corals (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Antipatharia) are recorded from Ascension Island; five of these for the first time. Tanacetipathes spinescens and Stichopathes occidentalis were the two most commonly collected species.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: D.M. Opresko, US National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA, 20560 email: dmopresko@hotmail.com

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Antipatharian corals of Ascension Island

  • Dennis M. Opresko (a1)

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