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Science  14 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5575, pp. 1949-1950
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5575.1949a

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Some researchers argue that because many corals interbreed, they do not qualify as distinct taxonomic entities. Now, by performing more extensive genetic studies than had been tried before on corals, marine biologists show on page 2023 that appearances can be deceptive: Three "species" found in the Caribbean are really two.