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Diversity and distribution of octocorals and scleractinians in the Persian Gulf region

Promotor: E. Gittenberger, Co-promotores: B.W. Hoeksema; L.P. van Ofwegen

K. Samimi-Namin
28 September 2016
Thesis in Leiden Repository

This thesis reviews the available coral studies in the Persian Gulf at a large scale, discusses the environmental challenges for corals in the context of climate change, and expands our knowledge of coral biodiversity and biogeography of the region, highlights the remaining gaps in our knowledge and goes on to provide recommendations for further research. This is of special importance given recent international interest in the region as a harbinger of coral adaptation to climate change as the impacts to the global environment, human society and the economy unfold.

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