Ranges of obligate coral-dwelling crabs extend northward as their hosts move north
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KeywordsCoral Reef Temperate Area Coral Species Coral Community Warm Current
Recent sea-surface temperature warming may allow poleward range expansions of warm-water coral species into temperate areas. In Japan, Acropora solitaryensis Veron and Wallace, 1984 showed a poleward range expansion to Tateyama, on the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula (34°59′N and 139°47′E), based on the historical occurrence records and recent surveys (Yamano et al. 2011). The Boso Peninsula is located downstream of the Kuroshio warm current and is the northernmost known coral community in the Pacific, although it is located beyond the limit of the coral reef distribution (Shimoike 2004).
We thank Hitoshi Narita for field support. This research was supported by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (Project No. S-9), and the Monitoring Project for Global Warming Effects on Marine Environments in the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan, and The Oceanic Wildlife Society.
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