Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems

Loya, Yossi, Puglise, Kimberely A., and Bridge, Tom C.L. (2019) Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems. Coral Reefs of the World, 12 . Springer, Cham, Switzerland.

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[Extract] Mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) are unique tropical and subtropical ecosystems characterized as light-dependent reef communities typically found at depths ranging from 30 to 40 m and extending to over 150 m in clear waters. The dominant habitat-forming communities can be hard and soft corals, algae, and/or sponges. They are populated with the same types of organisms typically associated with shallow coral reefs but also support species unique to mesophotic depths. MCEs represent a significant component of coral reef ecosystems—potentially up to 80% of reef habitat worldwide (based on depth). Given their vast areal extent, it is hardly surprising that MCEs support a diverse range of species.

Item ID: 58401
Item Type: Book (Edited)
ISBN: 978-3-319-92734-3
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 01:18
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 30%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function @ 20%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
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