As I have already pointed out in the Narrative of the Voyage (this journal Nr. 23) there is a marked difference between Caracasbay and Spanish Water, the former having clear blue ocean water, the latter being rather muddy. Spanish bay is quite the same as Caracasbay except that it is less sheltered against the tradewinds. Spanish Port is a narrow channel connecting Spanish Water with the bay and shows the transition in the different nature of the water. This difference has a great influence on the fauna as is shown especially by the coral population. For the rest the coralfauna of the West Indies is extensively described by POURTALÈS (III. Cat. Mus. Comp. Zool. No. IV. 1871), VERRILL (Trans. Conn. Ac. Vol. 11. 1901), and VAUGHAN (The stony corals of the Porto Rican waters. U. S. Fish. Comm. Bull. Vol. 2. 1901; Some fossil corals from the elevated reefs of Curaçao, Arube and Bonaire. Samml. des geol. Reichsmus. in Leiden, 1901; Fossil corals from Central America, Cuba, and Porto Rico, with an account of the American tertiary, pleistocene, and recent coral reefs. Smiths. Inst. Bull. 103. 1919; etc.).
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van der Horst, C.J. (1927). Madreporaria. Bijdragen tot de dierkunde, 25(1), 159–161.