WA Coral Field Guides

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The Coral Compactus
The Coral Compactus
WA Museum

The Coral Compactus: Western Australia Hard Coral Genus Identification Guide Version 2

The intention of this identification guide is to provide coral identification material to support research, monitoring and biodiversity conservation in Western Australia.

This guide provides an introduction to the key characteristics required to identify shallow-water, reef building corals to the genus level based on the revised scleractinian coral classification system as of May 2018. This manual should be used in conjunction with other taxonomic sources (see reference list) and with reference to the World Register of Marine Species and the World List of Scleractinia.

Guide created by WA Museum Aquatic Zoology Research Scientist Dr Zoe Richards.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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Octocoral Field Guide: Kimberley, Western Australia

Specimens were collected during the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) Kimberley biodiversity cruises 2015-2016 and are held in the collections of the Western Australian Museum (WAM).

This field guide is intended to facilitate field identification of Kimberley specimens collected from depths of 12-100 metres using visual and microscopic characters. The guide will also aid future field monitoring and additions to biodiversity collections. Locations of fieldtrips are provided below.

Specimens were identified to species or OTU (Operational Taxonomic Unit).

This guide has been compiled by Dr Monika Bryce.

Download the Octocoral Field Guide - PDF [32.5MB]


For more Aquatic Zoology publications visit the Marine Life of the Kimberly Region webpage.