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Catalogue of Cretaceous Corals 4 - Systematic Part - Hannes Löser, October 2016

Hardcover, ca. 720 pages and 1750 figures
Price: 150 Euro (120 Euro when ordered before publication).
To be published in November 2016.

The fourth volume of the Catalogue of Cretaceous Corals is a taxonomic revision of all Cretaceous coral genera (Hexacorallia and Octocorallia), with an emphasis on the order Scleractinia, which constitutes 96% of the included genera. The revision concentrates on the genus level, but it encompasses as well a critical consideration of the higher taxonomic levels such as order, superfamily, and family. A new classification system and evolutionary model for the order Scleractinia is proposed.

The catalogue covers all genera to which coral species with a stratum typicum in the Cretaceous are currently – following the published literature up to 2015 assigned, – correctly or not (listed material is not taken into account). Therefore, also Jurassic, Cenozoic and even some extant coral genera are considered. Genera to which Cretaceous species were originally assigned (but not anymore), are not included. Current genera of species with a stratum typicum in the Triassic that were – erroneously or not – indicated in the Cretaceous, are excluded. Genera with a type species of which the types have a Cretaceous age are included, whether species were originally or currently assigned to them or not. Some genera are included even if they do not fulfil these conditions, e.g. in the case that Cretaceous species were assigned to a genus which turns out to be a junior synonym of a Jurassic or Cenozoic genus, or in the case a genus is poorly defined and a so-called junior synonym is better documented but does not occur in the Cretaceous. No difference is made between synonymous or non-synonymous genera. Invalid (nom. nud.) genera are not included. The total number of included genera is 714 (131 Jurassic, 461 Cretaceous, 55 Cenozoic, 61 Extant, remaining with unknown age).

The volume is subdivided into seven chapters and an appendix. The short Introduction encompasses an introduction to the book and the acknowledgements. The relatively abridged Historical Aspects gives an account on the research history of the group. The chapter Morphology presents a detailed introduction to the morphology of the Scleractinian corals. In Methods, the preparation of the fossil coral material, its description, the preparation of images, and the process of determination are described. In Classification, the new classification system is introduced, giving a detailed account of each family. The species concept is discussed here. Discussion reports data on the diversity, evolution, abundance pattern, endemism, palaeoecology, and palaeobiogeographical distribution of corals. The largest portion of the catalogue is Systematic part that presents an alphabetic list of all genera with descriptions, remarks and illustrations. The Appendices explain abbreviations, give an explanation of the applied stratigraphic framework and include the reference list.

The chapter Systematic part is the far largest in the revision and contains an alphabetical list of all Cretaceous genera (according to the limitations given above). The list is alphabetically arranged because the classification system proposed here is somehow preliminary and will surely be modified in the future. It seems therefore easier to separate the classification from the genera. The access to the genera will remain the same, even if the classification system may change. For each genus data on synonyms (senior and junior, objective and subjective), the type species, the types of the type species, a description based on the type material and/or topotypical material, remarks on the morphology, relationships, synonymy, the taxonomic position, the abundance, the stratigraphic and geographic distribution, and a species list is provided. Most genera are illustrated. The illustrations are preferably taken from the type material, or if not available, from topotypical material. We attempted to obtain images from thin sections, peels, or polished surfaces. In some cases, pictures of complete specimens were used. If a type specimen had no thin sections, and no polished sections, and if it was possible to collect or loan topotypical material, and identify this material positively with the type species in question, this topotypical material was used to obtain thin sections for illustrations. If all attempts failed, the type was refigured from the literature. If available, transversal and longitudinal sections are provided, and where necessary a close-up of one corallite or important features.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
1.1. Scope and limits
1.2. Structure
1.3. Acknowledgements

2. Historical Aspects
2.1. Evolution
2.2. Classification and Taxonomy
2.2.1. Suborders
2.2.2. Families
2.2.3. Genera and species
2.3. Methods
2.4. Critical reflection

3. Morphology
3.1. Skeletal elements
3.2. Organisation
3.3. Septa
3.3.1. Microstructure
3.3.2. Perforation
3.3.3. Ornamentation
3.3.4. Shape, length and thickness
3.3.5. Symmetry and generations
3.3.6. Pali
3.3.7. Costae and confluence
3.3.8. Interconnections
3.3.9. Synapticulae
3.3.10. Lonsdaleoid septa
3.4. Columella
3.5. Endotheca, exotheca and marginarium
3.6. Wall, epitheca, and coenosteum
3.7. Budding

4. Methods
4.1. Sample preparation
4.2. Imaging and illustration
4.3. Description
4.4. Determination
4.4.1. Higher classification
4.4.2. Species separation

5. Classification
5.1. Order Scleractinia
5.1.1. Higher classification
5.1.2. Families
5.1.3. Genera
5.2. Subclass Octocorallia

6. Discussion
6.1. Diversity changes and ranges
6.2. Evolution
6.3. Abundance patterns
6.3.1. Richness of faunas
6.3.2. Species per genus
6.3.3. Genera
6.3.4. Families
6.3.5. Localities
6.4. Palaeoecology
6.5. Palaeobiogeography
6.5.1. Z-Corals
6.5.2. AZ-Corals
6.5.3. Endemism
6.6. Bauplan diversification
6.7. Biostratigraphy
6.8. Interesting but useless statistics
6.9. Conclusions

7. Systematic part
7.1. Limits
7.2. Introduction
7.3. List of genera

8. Appendices
8.1. Type and type species denomination
8.2. Geographic areas
8.3. Stratigraphical framework and age abbreviations
8.4. Collections
8.5. Cited literature
8.6. List of figured specimens

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Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Deep-Sea corals (Amsterdam 2012) - published in January 2014

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List of papers of the Volume.

MIENIS F., DUINEVELD G., LAVALEYE M., Van WEERING T. (eds) 2014. Biology and Geology of Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems: Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99, pp 1-326 (January 2014); http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09670645/99
[contains 30 papers on various aspects of extant deep-sea corals and sponges]

MIENIS F., DUINEVELD G. C. A., LAVALEYE M. S. S., Van WEERING T. C. E. 2014. Proceedings ISDSC5. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 1-5; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.10.003
[introductory paper to Proceedings volume of the Fifth International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals]

[the following papers are listed in alphabetical order]

ARANHA R., EDINGER E., LAYNE G., PIERCEY G. 2014. Growth rate variation and potential paleoceanographic proxies in Primnoa pacifica: Insights from high-resolution trace element microanalysis. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 213-226; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.07.001
[keywords: Sclerochronology; Growth rates; Paleotemperature; Productivity; Primnoa; Octocoral; Mg/Ca ratio; Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS); Northeast Pacific]

ARANTES R. C. M., LOIOLA L. L. 2014. New records of Primnoidae (Cnidaria: Octocorallia) in Brazilian deep waters. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 103-112; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.07.002
[keywords: SW Atlantic; Deep-sea corals; Cnidaria; Octocorallia; Primnoidae; New species]

BIBER M. F., DUINEVELD G. C. A., LAVALEYE M. S. S., DAVIES A. J., BERGMAN M. J. N., Van den BELD I. M. J. 2014. Investigating the association of fish abundance and biomass with cold-water corals in the deep Northeast Atlantic Ocean using a generalised linear modelling approach. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 134-145; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.05.022
[keywords: Atlantic Ocean; Cold-water corals; Demersal fish; Fish abundance; Fish biomass; GLM; Habitat association; Terrain analysis; Video survey; Zero-inflation model]

de MATOS V., GOMES-PEREIRA J. N., TEMPERA F., RIBEIRO P. A., BRAGA-HENRIQUES A. PORTEIRO F. 2014. First record of Antipathella subpinnata (Anthozoa, Antipatharia) in the Azores (NE Atlantic), with description of the first monotypic garden for this species. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 113-121; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.07.003
[keywords: Black coral garden; Benthic habitat; ROV surveys; Taxonomy; Distribution records]

DOUARIN M., SINCLAIR D. J., ELLIOT M., HENRY L.-A., LONG D., MITCHISON F., ROBERTS J. M. 2014. Changes in fossil assemblage in sediment cores from Mingulay Reef Complex (NE Atlantic): Implications for coral reef build-up. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 286-296; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.07.022
[keywords: Cold-water coral reef build-up; Biodiversity; Lophelia; CT scan]

DOUGHTY C. L., QUATTRINI A. M., CORDES E. E. 2014. Insights into the population dynamics of the deep-sea coral genus Paramuricea in the Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 71-82; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.05.023
[keywords: Population dynamics; Coral; Recruitment; Genetic diversity; Deep-water]

EISELE M., FRANK N., WIENBERG C., TITSCHACK J., MIENIS F., BEUCK L., TISNERAT-LABORDE N., HEBBELN D. 2014. Sedimentation patterns on a cold-water coral mound off Mauritania. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 307-315; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.07.004
[keywords: Cold-water coral mound; Lophelia pertusa; Baffling effect; Mass wasting; Mound progradation; Mauritania]

FIGUEROA D. F., BACO A. R. 2014. Complete mitochondrial genomes elucidate phylogenetic relationships of the deep-sea octocoral families Coralliidae and Paragorgiidae. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 83-91; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.06.001
[keywords: Molecular phylogenetics; Mitochondrial genome; Gene rearrangement; Soft corals; Paragorgia; Corallium; Pleurocorallium; Octocoral phylogeny]

FLOGEL S., DULLO W.-C., PFANNKUCHE O., KIRIAKOULAKIS K., RUGGEBERG A. 2014. Geochemical and physical constraints for the occurrence of living cold-water corals. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 19-26; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.06.006
[keywords: Cold-water corals; Boundary conditions; Biogeochemistry; DIC]

GORI A., GROVER R., OREJAS C., SIKORSKI S., FERRIER-PAGES C. 2014. Uptake of dissolved free amino acids by four cold-water coral species from the Mediterranean Sea. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 42-50; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.06.007
[keywords: Cold-water corals; Dissolved free amino acids; Dissolved organic matter; Trophic ecology; Mediterranean Sea]

HENNIGE S. J., WICKS L. C., KAMENOS N. A., BAKKER D. C. E., FINDLAY H. S., DUMOUSSEAUD C., ROBERTS J. M. 2014. Short-term metabolic and growth responses of the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa to ocean acidification. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 27-35; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.07.005 [open access paper]
[keywords: Climate change; Lophelia pertusa; Deep-sea coral; Respiration; Growth; Calcification; Mingulay Reef Complex]

IACONO C. L., GRACIA E., RANERO C. R., EMELIANOV M., HUVENNE V. A. I., BARTOLOME R., BOOTH-REA G., PRADES J., the MELCOR Cruise Party 2014. The West Melilla cold water coral mounds, Eastern Alboran Sea: Morphological characterization and environmental context. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 316-326; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.07.006
[keywords: CWC mounds; Quaternary; Swath mapping; High-resolution seismics; Alboran Sea]

KOMUGABE A. F., FALLON S. F., THRESHER R. E., EGGINS S. M. 2014. Modern Tasman Sea surface reservoir ages from deep-sea black corals. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 207-212; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.05.024
[keywords: Reservoir age; Deep water coral; Radiocarbon dating; Uranium series]

KUTTI T., BERGSTAD O. A., FOSSA J. H., HELLE K. 2014. Cold-water coral mounds and sponge-beds as habitats for demersal fish on the Norwegian shelf. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 122-133; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.07.021
[keywords: Fish habitat; Longline; Brosme brosme; Galeus melastomus; Chimaera monstrosa; Lophelia pertusa; Sponge aggregations]

LARTAUD F., PAREIGE S., de RAFAELIS M., FEUILLASSIER L., BIDEAU M., PERU E., de la VEGA E., NEDONCELLE K., ROMANS P., le BRIS N. 2014. Temporal changes in the growth of two Mediterranean cold-water coral species, in situ and in aquaria. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 64-70; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.06.024
[keywords: Lophelia pertusa; Madrepora oculata; Mediterranean Sea; Lacaze-Duthiers canyon; In situ and aquaria growth experiments]

LONG D. J., BACO A. R. 2014. Rapid change with depth in megabenthic structure-forming communities of the Makapu'u deep-sea coral bed. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 158-168; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.05.032
[keywords: Deep sea; Coral; Ecology; Biodiversity; Seamount; Hawai'i; Beta diversity]

MARGOLIN A. R., ROBINSON L. F., BURKE A., WALLER R. G., SCANLON K. M., ROBERTS M. L., AURO M. E., Van de FLIERDT T. 2014. Temporal and spatial distributions of cold-water corals in the Drake Passage: Insights from the last 35,000 years. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 237-248; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.06.008
[keywords: Deep-sea coral; Cold-water coral; Paleoceanography; Radiocarbon; Drake Passage; Southern Ocean; Coral biogeography]

MYTILENOU C., SMITH C. J., ANASTASOPOULOU A., PAPADOPULOU K. N., CHRISTIDIS G., BEKAS P., KAVADAS S., DOKOS J. 2014. New cold-water coral occurrences in the Eastern Ionian Sea: Results from experimental long line fishing. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 146-157; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.07.007
[keywords: Cold water corals; Antipatharia; Desmophyllum dianthus; Isidella elongata; Long line impact; Blackspot seabream fishery; Eastern Mediterranean]

NAUMANN M. S., OREJAS C., FERRIER-PAGES C. 2014. Species-specific physiological response by the cold-water corals Lophelia pertusa and Madrepora oculata to variations within their natural temperature range. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 36-41; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.05.025
[keywords: Calcification; Respiration; Dissolved organic carbon; Thermal acclimation; Tolerance; Reef-forming Scleractinia]

NEVES B. M., Du PREEZ C., EDINGER E. 2014. Mapping coral and sponge habitats on a shelf-depth environment using multibeam sonar and ROV video observations: Learmonth Bank, northern British Columbia, Canada. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 169-183; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.05.026
[keywords: Habitat mapping; Deep-sea coral; Biotopes; Substrate; Remote sensing; Supervised classification; Northeast Pacific]

PIRES D. O., SILVA J. C., BASTOS N. D. 2014. Reproduction of deep-sea reef-building corals from the southwestern Atlantic. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 51-63; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.07.008
[keywords: Deep-sea coral; Reproduction; Scleractinia; Cold-water coral ecosystem]

QUATTRINI A. M., ETNOYER P. J., DOUGHTY C. L., ENGLISH L., FALCO R., REMON N., RITTINGHOUSE M., CORDES E. E. 2014. A phylogenetic approach to octocoral community structure in the deep Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 92-102; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.05.027
[keywords: Phylogeny; Species diversity; Community composition; Deep-sea; Coral]

RADDATZ J., RUGGEBERGER A., LIEBETRAU V., FOUBERT A., HATHORNE E. C., FIETZKE J., EISENHAUER A., DULLO W.-C. 2014. Environmental boundary conditions of cold-water coral mound growth over the last 3 million years in the Porcupine Seabight, Northeast Atlantic. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 227-236; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.06.009
[keywords: Cold-water corals; Challenger Mound; IODP Site 1317; Lophelia pertusa; Mg/Li; Ba/Ca; Mediterranean Outflow Water]

ROBINSON L. F., ADKINS J. F., FRANK N., GAGNON A. C., PROUTY N. G., ROARK E. B., Van de FLIERDT T. 2014. The geochemistry of deep-sea coral skeletons: A review of vital effects and applications for palaeoceanography. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 184-198; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.06.005 [with corrigendum]
[keywords: Deep-sea coral; Geochemistry; Paleoceanography; Proxy]

SMEULDERS G. G. B., KOHO K. A., de STIGTER H. C., MIENIS F., de HAAS H., Van WEERING T. C. E. 2014. Cold-water coral habitats of Rockall and Porcupine Bank, NE Atlantic Ocean: Sedimentary facies and benthic foraminiferal assemblages. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 270-285; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.10.001
[keywords: Carbonate mounds; Bioherms; Cold-water corals; Benthic foraminifera; Fossil assemblages; Sedimentary facies; NE Atlantic; Porcupine; Rockall]

STALDER C., SPEZZAFERRI S., RUGGEBERG A., PIRKENSEER C., GENNARI G. 2014. Late Weichselian deglaciation and early Holocene development of a cold-water coral reef along the Lopphavet shelf (Northern Norway) recorded by benthic foraminifera and ostracoda. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 249-269; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.07.009
[keywords: Northern Norway; Foraminifera; Pleistocene-Holocene; Deglaciation; Cold-water corals; Melt-water influxes; Sea-level changes]

STRZEPEK K. M., THRESHER R. E., REVILL A. T., SMITH C. I., KOMUGABE A. F., FALLON S. F. 2014. Preservation effects on the isotopic and elemental composition of skeletal structures in the deep-sea bamboo coral Lepidisis spp. (Isididae). Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 199-206; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.07.010
[keywords: Preservation; Deep-sea coral; Compound specific isotope analysis; LA-ICPMS; Radiocarbon; Stable isotopes]

Van der LAND C., EISELE M., MIENIS F., de HAAS H., HEBBELN D., REIJMER J. J. G., Van de WEERING T. C. E. 2014. Carbonate mound development in contrasting settings on the Irish margin. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 297-306; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.10.004
[keywords: Cold-water coral mound; Rockall Trough; Porcupine Seabight; North-Atlantic; Deep-sea corals; Carbonate content; Cementation]

VIEROD A. D. T., GUINOTTE J. M., DAVIES A. J. 2014. Predicting the distribution of vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep sea using presence-background models. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99: 6-18; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.06.010
[keywords: MaxEnt; Species distribution models; Cold-water corals; Management; Conservation; Biogeography]