Lush underwater forests in mesophotic reefs of the Gulf of Guinea

Morais, R.A., and Maia, H.A. (2017) Lush underwater forests in mesophotic reefs of the Gulf of Guinea. Coral Reefs, 36. p. 95.

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[Excerpt] The Gulf of Guinea, in West Africa, harbors some of the least known tropical reefs in the world. Shallow reefs in this region are mainly rocky and have limited scleractinian growth (Laborel 1974). Circulation patterns restrict warm waters to the surface layer and cooler waters to below 20–30 m depth (Laborel 1974). Reefs lying below these depths, in cool water, have not yet been described. Here, we report a mesophotic reef ecosystem dominated by black corals between 30 and 50 m depth off Lagoa Azul, northwest São Tomé Island (0°24′33″N, 6°36′30″E).

Item ID: 54099
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1432-0975
Keywords: surface layer, dense distribution, fishing, cool water, warm water
Copyright Information: © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016.
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2020 19:20
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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