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Cairns, S. D., Baron-Szabo, R., Budd, A.F., Lathuilière, B., Roniewicz, E., Stolarski, J., and Johnson, K.G. (eds.), 2010. Corallosphere, world wide web site at http://corallosphere.org, last visited on 20 Sep 2014.

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"I sometimes think that general and popular Treatises are almost as important for the progress of science as original work." - Charles Darwin, in a letter to T. H. Huxley, January 1865

Corallosphere.org is a web application developed with the aim of exploring new approaches to compiling taxonomic information on extant and extinct scleractinian corals. Main areas covered in Corallosphere.org include text descriptions for diagnoses of valid genera, as well as tools for managing taxonomic synonymies, image databases, a bibliography, and an illustrated atlas of morphological terms. A flexible work-flow allows users of the system to be assigned roles with differing levels of access and functionality. Contributors may compile, edit, and review generic diagnoses directly from the internet, whereas all other users may post comments as part of an informal review process. The ultimate aim is to produce a system that will facilitate the rapid publication of the next version of the Treatise of Invertebrate Paleontology based on community-wide consensus, and help remove the taxonomic impediment that slows progress towards an increased understanding of the biology, ecology, and evolutionary history of the Scleractinia.

Please note that this site is a work in progress, please contact Ken Johnson at the Natural History Museum, London if you see any mistakes or would like to suggest improvements.


Lectotype of the type species of Palaeomussa
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Dendrastrea dissimilis type species of the genus
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