First record from the Atlantic: a Zanclea-scleractinian association at St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean

Scleractinian reef corals have been acknowledged as the most numerous host group for associated hydroids belonging to the genus Zanclea. To date, their geographical distribution is known to include several Indo-Pacific regions. During the Statia Marine Biodiversity Expedition to St. Eustatius (Lesser Antilles, Dutch Caribbean), the Zanclea-coral association was observed for the first time for the Caribbean Sea as well as for the Atlantic Ocean. Our findings confirm that the biodiversity associated with coral reefs remains insufficiently explored worldwide.



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