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ISRN Zoology
Volume 2011, Article ID 736381, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/736381
Research Article

Shallow Water Stony Corals (Scleractinia, Milleporidae, and Stylasteridae) from Utila and Cayos Cochinos, Honduras

1Laboratoire de Biologie Animale, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cédex, France
2Coral View Research Centre, Sandy Bay, Utila, Honduras

Received 29 January 2011; Accepted 12 March 2011

Academic Editors: K. Cheng and M. Klautau

Copyright © 2011 Patrick Scaps and James Saunders. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The coral reefs of Utila and Cayos Cochinos located in the western Caribbean region (Honduras) were studied in Summer 2010 in order to acquire information concerning their richness in stony corals (Scleractinia, Milleporidae, and Stylasteridae) down to 18 m depth. Ten sites in each location were visually surveyed. Fourty-six species and 12 forms of zooxanthellate scleractinian corals belonging to 21 genera were observed at Utila and 44 species and 12 forms belonging to 20 genera at Cayos Cochinos. At each site, 3 species of milleporids and one species of Stylaster (S. roseus) were also observed. Four forms of zooxanthellate scleractinian corals were new records from Honduras. Up to now, 53 species of scleractinian corals have been identified within the whole Honduran Caribbean coast. They belong to 24 genera. This number represents approximately 93% of all scleractinian coral species reported for the Caribbean.