Check List 8(3): 528-530, doi: 10.15560/8.3.528
New occurrences of the nonindigenous orange cup corals Tubastraea coccinea and T. tagusensis (Scleractinia: Dendrophylliidae) in Southwestern Atlantic
expand article infoCláudio L. S. Sampaio, Ricardo J. Miranda§, Rodrigo Maia-Nogueira|, José de Anchieta C.C. Nunes
‡ Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil§ Organização Sócio Ambientalista (Pró-Mar), Brazil| Centro de Pesquisas e Conservação dos Ecossistemas Aquáticos (Biota Aquática), Brazil¶ Organização Sócio Ambientalista (Pró-Mar) Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
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The genus Tubastraea, with natural occurrence in the Pacific Ocean, was reported for the first time in Brazil along the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Since then it has also been reported in other sites along the south and southeast Brazilian coasts in oil platforms and rocky shores. We describe for the first time the occurrence of Tubastraea tagusensis and T. coccinea in the Northeastern coast of Brazil. The corals were found in the state of Bahia, sitting on shipwrecks, marina jetties as well as occupying space on a coral reef.