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