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Staghorn corals (genus Acropora) are the most obvious and important corals on coral reefs throughout the world, providing much of the beauty and variety seen on the reefs.
This invaluable reference tool is the first major review of Acropora in over 100 years. It assesses all the known species worldwide, describing each in detail and illustrating the range of variability of form with habitat and geographic location. The classification, evolution and worldwide distribution of all species are reviewed and illustrated with colour plates, full page black and white plates and distribution maps. Details of the general biology of staghorn corals are discussed and illustrated.
- Review of Literature
- Summary of Type Material
- Fossil Record
- Anatomy, Physiology and Biology
- Genetics and Molecular Biology
- Skeletal Morphology
- Methods Used for Revision and Analyses
- Revision of the Biogeography of Acropora
- Revision of the Phylogeny and Classification of Acropora
- Synthesis of Biogeographic, Fossil and Phylogenetic Data
- Colour Plates
- Systematic Arrangement of Species
- Subgenus Isopora Studer, 1878
- Insertae Sedis Acropora squamata Latypov, 1992
- Species Index
"This is an outstanding and vital piece of work, the culmination of the author's lifetime research on this difficult but fundamentally important genus."
- Brian Rosen – Natural History Museum, London
"One's initial impression of Wallace's work is one of exceptional aesthetic quality [...] the quantity of information provided is remarkable and is obviously the culmination of many years of painstaking research [...] an invaluable resource for anyone working with Staghorn corals or with Scleractinian systematics. A wonderful addition to any library."
- S.D. Brooke, Harbor Branch, Oceanographic Institution (Choice, May 2000)
"This book, which reflects the lifelong research work of the author, sets a new standard in the study of the Acropora. In marine biology such a work has quite an historical meaning, and in the Aquarium world it will help to place the knowledge of the hobbyists on a more scientifically founded base. This book should not under any circumstance be missing from the bookshelves of reef aquarium enthusiasts, who have a strong interest in staghorn corals."
- Daniel Knop (Koralle No. 2, April/May 2000)
"Carden Wallace's Staghorn Corals of the World is a work of virtuosity. [...] The reader will find detailed information on 113 species of Acropora, including descriptions of five new species."
- Richard B. Aronson, Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama (Gulf of Mexico Science 2001 (1))