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New Observation of Three Species of Hard Coral from Chabahar Bay (Oman Sea), Iran

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Author(s): P. Sadeghi | M. Loghmani

Journal: Journal of Biological Sciences
ISSN 1727-3048

Volume: 9;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 837;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Chabahar Bay | hard coral | Oman Sea | species

ABSTRACT
The present study could be the first contribution to the hard corals at Chabahar Bay in the Northern part of Oman Sea. Coral samples were collected during the period of March throughout June 2008. Coral specimens were photographed and identified using a stereo microscope. Species identification was carried out using size and morphological characters. Only three hard coral species were clearly identified; Fvaia favus (Forskal) and Cyphastrea microphthalma (Lamarck) from family Favidae and Acropora valida (Dana) from family Acroporidae. The East areas of the bay had a good coral cover and were more diversified than the Southeast part, which is subjected to increased human impact due to constructions.
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