Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-019-00939-x
Title: Last species standing: loss of Pocilloporidae corals associated with coastal urbanization in a tropical city state
Authors: Poquita-Du R.C. 
Quek Z.B.R. 
Jain S.S. 
Schmidt-Roach S.
Tun K.
Heery E.C.
Chou L.M. 
Todd P.A. 
Huang D. 
Keywords: Coastal modification
Pocillopora
Scleractinia
Sedimentation
Species richness
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Citation: Poquita-Du R.C., Quek Z.B.R., Jain S.S., Schmidt-Roach S., Tun K., Heery E.C., Chou L.M., Todd P.A., Huang D. (2019). Last species standing: loss of Pocilloporidae corals associated with coastal urbanization in a tropical city state. Marine Biodiversity 49 (4) : 1727-1741. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-019-00939-x
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Related Datasets: 10.5281/zenodo. 2536262
Abstract: Coral reefs worldwide are facing multiple severe stressors leading to ecosystem degradation, but local extinctions of species are not well documented. Here, we track the diversity of Pocilloporidae Gray, 1840 coral species—many of which are known to be sensitive to environmental disturbances—on Singapore reefs through time, integrating information from taxonomically verified museum specimens, careful examination of the literature, and DNA sequences.We found that more Pocilloporidae species were detected in the past than at present. A total of five species were historically recorded under Pocillopora Lamarck, 1816; Seriatopora Lamarck, 1816; and Stylophora Schweigger, 1820. Among the five species, only Pocillopora acuta Lamarck, 1816 appears to remain on Singapore reefs. The absence of Seriatopora for over half a century and the recent losses of Stylophora and the other species of Pocillopora are likely caused by habitat loss and other stressors associated with coastal urbanization, which have been further exacerbated by recent bleaching events.
Source Title: Marine Biodiversity
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/167870
ISBN: 1867-1616
ISSN: 18671616
DOI: 10.1007/s12526-019-00939-x
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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