The Corals Collected During September/October 1997 at Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea
Western Australian Museum, Francis Street, PERTH WA
Produced for Parks Australia
A survey of the scleractinian corals at Ashmore Reef was conducted during September/October 1997. This is only the second such reported survey of Ashmore Reef. As a result of this survey five more species and one more genus of scleractinian corals have been recorded at Ashmore Reef. This brings the total number of scleractinian corals reported for Ashmore Reef to 256 species from 56 genera which distinguishes it as the richest area for coral diversity in Western Australia. In addition, a few alcyonacean corals were collected. From this small collection there were two new generic records and at least 18 new species records of alcyonacean corals for Ashmore Reef.