A prodigal coral genus returns: Undaria is again Agaricia

A prodigal coral genus returns: Undaria is again Agaricia pending further taxonomic research

Budd et al. (1994) classified species of bifacial Agaricia (agaricities, tenuifolia, humilis) as species of Undaria, and this genus name was adopted by AGRRA in 2013. We have since learned that Undaria is an invalid genus name according to the rules of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (G. van Moorsel, pers. comm.). Pending the results of what we hope will be further molecular and morphological research, Agaricia is replacing Undaria in the AGRRA training and database.

 

Reference: Budd, A.F., T.A. Stemann, and K.G. Johnson. 1994. Stratigraphic distribution of genera and species of Neogene to Recent Caribbean reef corals. Journal of Paleontology 68:951-977.)

Effective May 3, 2018:The AGRRA training materials and database have been updated to reflect this change.