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New Reef Coral Species Discovered in the Red Sea

Pachyseris inattesa is closely related to Euphylliidae.

By John B. Virata | August 15, 2014

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The sea is a wondrous place with a wide ranging diversity of creatures of all types. Would you believe that in spite of the worldwide decline in coral reefs, new species of corals are discovered fairly regularly? Scientists studying corals in the Red Sea have discovered a new reef coral species of the genus Pachyseris. Called Pachyseris inattesa, the coral is closely related to Euphylliidae.

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Pachyseris inattesa. Photo by Terraneo

Scientists working on a project launched by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology discovered the corals during two expeditions in March and September of 2013. They described the new species of scleractinian coral in a ZooKeys paper published August 13. Even though the coral has a resemblance to certain species in the agariciid genus Leptoseris, the scientists call it superficial. It has micro-morphological characters typical of the genus Pachyseris. Not a pretty coral but it is still a significant find.

The complete paper can be found on the ZooKeys website.


John B. Virata has been keeping fish since he was 10 years old.  He currently keeps an 80 gallon cichlid tank, a 20 gallon freshwater community tank and a 29 gallon BioCube with a Percula clown, a huge blue green chromis, and a firefish all in his kitchen, and a 55 gallon FOWLR tank with a pair of Ocellaris clowns, two blue green chromis, a six line wrasse, a peppermint shrimp, assorted algae and a few aiptasia anemones in his living room. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata  

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