Data from: Unrecognized coral species diversity masks differences in functional ecology

Jennifer N. Boulay, Michael E. Hellberg, Jorge Cortés, Iliana B. Baums & J. Cortes
Porites corals are foundation species on Pacific reefs but a confused taxonomy hinders understanding of their ecosystem function and responses to climate change. Here, we show that what has been considered a single species in the eastern tropical Pacific, Porites lobata, includes a morphologically similar yet ecologically distinct species, Porites evermanni. While P. lobata reproduces mainly sexually, P. evermanni dominates in areas where triggerfish prey on bioeroding mussels living within the coral skeleton, thereby generating...
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