The soft coral fauna (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) of Mayotte

Michael H. Schleyer, Yehuda Benayahu

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Soft corals collected around Mayotte in 2011 comprised 24 genera and 57 identifiable species of Alcyonacea; two genera and three species were added to the list from a 1997 collection made for a natural products study. When compared with other western Indian Ocean (WIO) data, Mayotte’s alcyonacean fauna is the richest, and the island potentially comprises a regional biodiversity hotspot for this group. Mayotte has the largest barrier reef in the WIO and, considering the oceanography of the Mozambique Channel, this alcyonacean biodiversity may feed into the system and merits conservation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1643-1650
Number of pages8
JournalMarine Biodiversity
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2018


  • Biodiversity
  • Comoros
  • Coral reefs
  • Mozambique Channel
  • Western Indian Ocean


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