Ecological Regions of the Reef Corals of China
Keywords:China, coral reef, reef coral, South China Sea,
The waters off the tropical coast of South China host a wide variety of reef corals. From 1932 to 1978, 325 species in 62 genera and subgenera of reef coral (Scleractinia) as well as eleven species of Hydrocorallinian were identified as having a wide distribution in China. Although Heliporina and Tubiporina are widely distributed in the Indo-pacific region, particularly the two species Tubipora musica and Helipora caerulea (Pallas), they are not abundant in Chinese reefs. One species of Stylaster (Stylaster elegans Verrill) is found around the Xisha Islands.