Orbicella nancyi (Pandolfi, 2007)

Organ pipe orbicella



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Montastraea nancyi Pandolfi, 2007


Original description:

Pandolfi, John M. (2007). A new, extinct Pleistocene reef coral from the Montastraea "annularis" species complex. Journal of Paleontology 81(3): 472-482. [Abstract]


Conservation Status

Fossil species. Latest record is c.82,000ka (i.e. c.80,000 BC)



Caribbean (including Barbados)












Original scientific description:

Pandolfi, John M. (2007). A new, extinct Pleistocene reef coral from the Montastraea "annularis" species complex. Journal of Paleontology 81(3): 472-482. [Abstract]


Other references:

Budd, A. F. and Pandolfi, J. M. (2004). Overlapping species boundaries and hybridization within the Montastrea "annularis" reef coral complex in the Pleistocene of the Bahama Islands. Paleobiology 30(3): 396-425.

del Valle, Tanya. (2012). Comparative Growth Rates of the Extinct Coral Montastraea nancyi: A Dominant Framework Builder in the Pleistocene (MIS 5e) Reefs of Curaçao, Netherland Antilles. Masters thesis,  University of Cincinnati.

Klaus, J. S. and Budd, A. F. (2003). Comparison of Caribbean coral reef communities before and after Plio-Pleistocene faunal turnover: Analyses of two Dominican Republic reef sequences. Palaios 18(1): 3-21.

Muhs, Daniel R. and Simmons, Kathleen R. (2017). Taphonomic problems in reconstructing sea-level history from the late Quaternary marine terraces of Barbados. Quaternary Research 88: 409-429.

Pandolfi, John M. (1999). Response of Pleistocene Coral Reefs to Environmental Change over Long Temporal Scales. American Zoologist 39(1): 113-130. [Abstract]

Pandolfi, J. M. (2001). Community structure of Pleistocene coral reefs of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Ecological Monographs 71(1): 49-67.

Pandolfi, John M. and Jackson, Jeremy B. C. (2006). Ecological persistence interrupted in Caribbean coral reefs. Ecology Letters 9: 818-826.

Pandolfi, John M., Jackson, Jeremy B. C. and Geister, Jörn. (2001). Geologically Sudden Extinction of Two Widespread Late Pleistocene Caribbean Reef Corals, pp. 120-156. In: Jackson, Jeremy B. C., Lidgard, Scott and McKinney, Frank K. (eds.). Evolutionary Patterns: Growth, Form, and Tempo in the Fossil Record. Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press.

Prada, Carlos et al. (2016). Empty Niches after Extinctions Increase Population Sizes of Modern Corals. Current Biology 26: 3190-3194.

Wiese, Walker Charles. (2017). Database analysis of coral population distributions in the Caribbean region, 200 ka to present. Honours thesis, Jackson School of Geosciences,
The University of Texas.





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