Abstract

Live colonies of the oculinid genus Archohelia Vaughan, previously known only from the fossil records of the West Indies and Central and North America, have been discovered in shallow water off Rat Island on the coast of Central Queensland, Australia.

Archohelia rediviva n. sp. differs from the genotype A. fimonensis in having the tertiary septa regularly fused to the six secondary septa. The small white colonies of A. rediviva with branches up to 10 cm long grow more or less erectly from thin encrusting bases. They occur in 3.5 metres of sheltered, turbid water by the shoreline of a rocky island having no fringing coral reef. The coral is subject to strong tidal currents and large changes in salinity.

There are no hints as to the provenance of this coral from the other occurrences of this genus or Oculina in Australia.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Wells and Alderslade, 1979, Rec. Aust. Mus. 32(5): 211–216
Author
J. W. Wells; Phil Alderslade
Year
1979
Title
The scleractinian coral Archohella living on the coastal shores of Queensland, Australia
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
32
Issue
5
Start Page
211
End Page
216
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.32.1979.456
Language
English
Date Published
30 July 1979
Cover Date
30 July 1979
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
CORAL; ECOLOGY
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Available Online
03 March 2009
Reference Number
456
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