A platform reef at Bach Long Vi Island (Gulf of Tonkin in the South China Sea) was investigated for the first time. In all, 264 species of corals and their accompanying species of macrobenthos were found. Among the scleractinian corals, acroporids, poritids, and mussids dominated. Monospecific aggregations of alcyonarians Sinularia and Lobophytum and the hydroid Millepora were rather numerous. Based on its geomorphological characteristics, coral species diversity and zonal distribution, the investigated reef is comparable with ribbon and platform reefs on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and in the Indian Ocean.
Russian Journal of Marine Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 31, 2008
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