The reef and soft-substrate coral fauna of Chagos, Indian-Ocean
- A series of collections of the coral fauna from a wide diversity of habitats in the Chagos Archipelago has resulted in nearly a doubling of the species known from the Central Indian Ocean. These are listed and Chagos is shown to be a very diverse part of the Indo-Pacific coral belt, but one lacking in several of the genera that have less widespread distributions such as those which could define a West Indian Ocean subprovince. The free and soft substrate species are poor in diversity, although several of these have an importance greater than their number suggests due to their ability to initiate and extend reefs over previously uncolonized substrate.
- Sheppard Charles .
- Scleractnia (hard corals), coral