Hoeksema B.W. & Gittenberger A. 2011. The Position of Santo in relation to the centre of maximum marine biodiversity (the Coral Triangle) based on Mushroom Corals and their associated mollusc fauna, in Bouchet P., Le guyader H. & Pascal O.(Eds), The natural history of Santo. Patrimoine naturelle 70:369-372, ISBN:978-2-85653-627-8
The centre of marine maximum marine biodiversity has become increasingly important as a means to draw attention to the conservation of coral reefs. Due to its shape, it has been named the Coral Triangle, which is supposed to encompass all or some of the reefs of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. The criteria used to define this diversity centre as it is presently recognized, are based on high numbers of species recorded from within this centre. However, data within and, especially, from outside the centre's hypothetical boundaries are far from complete due to insufficient sampling. Ideally, study areas should be surveyed by the same scientits using the same methods for reaching any conclusions regarding their position in or outside the centre of maximum marine biodiversity.
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