Solving the coral species delimitation conundrum

Catalina Ramírez-Portilla, Andrew Baird, Peter Cowman, Andrea Quattrini, Saki Harii, Frederic Sinniger & Jean-François Flot
Distinguishing coral species is not only crucial for physiological, ecological and evolutionary studies, but also to enable effective management of threatened reef ecosystems. However, traditional hypotheses that delineate coral species based on morphological traits from the coral skeleton are frequently at odds with tree-based molecular approaches. Additionally, a dearth of species-level molecular markers has made species delimitation particularly challenging in species-rich coral genera, leading to the widespread assumption that inter-specific hybridization might be responsible for...
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