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De Weerdt, W.H. & P.W. Glynn, 1991. A new and presumably now extinct species of Millepora (Hydrozoa) in the eastern Pacific. Zool. Meded., Leiden 65 15: 267-276.
De Weerdt, W. H.; Glynn, P. W.
A new and presumably now extinct species of Millepora (Hydrozoa) in the eastern Pacific
Zool. Meded., Leiden
A new species of hydrocoral, Millepora boschmai, is described from the Gulf of Chiriqui, Pacific Panama. This species was first found in the early 1970's, but it has disappeared from this area as a result of the severe 1982-83 El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event. Because the species has never been encountered outside the Gulf of Chiriqui, it is assumed that it was endemic to this area and that its disppearance marks an extinction event, representing the first documented case of a modern extinction of a tropical marine organism due to natural causes. Descriptor: MILLEPORA BOSCHMAI new species figs 1-7, (24.xii.1991).
Paleontology, Fossils, Paleobiology