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Cold-water corals in the Cap de Creus canyon, northwestern Mediterranean: spatial distribution, density and anthropogenic impact
The occurrence and density of 3 cold-water coral (CWC) species (Madrepora oculata, Lophelia pertusa and Dendrophyllia cornigera) were investigated in the Cap de Creus canyon (north- western
Long-term growth rates of four Mediterranean cold-water coral species maintained in aquaria
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This is the first study that compares the growth rates of 4 different CWC species under the same experimen- tal conditions of water flow, temperature, salinity and food supply, and these corals have different growth rates, both in terms of total weight increase and linear increase.
Spatial distribution patterns of the gorgonians Eunicella singularis, Paramuricea clavata, and Leptogorgia sarmentosa (Cape of Creus, Northwestern Mediterranean Sea)
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The occurrence and abundance of the gorgonians Eunicella singularis, Paramuricea clavata, and Leptogorgia sarmentosa were investigated in northwestern Mediterranean benthic communities over a wide geographical and bathymetrical extent using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
Spatial variability in reproductive cycle of the gorgonians Paramuricea clavata and Eunicella singularis (Anthozoa, Octocorallia) in the Western Mediterranean Sea
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The temperature appears as the main synchronizing factor of gonadal development within these populations of P. clavata and E. singularis, suggesting that the exposition to different local conditions may be reverted in a different gonadal output.
Distribution and population structure of deep‐dwelling red coral in the Northwest Mediterranean
Commercially harvested since ancient times, the highly valuable red coral Corallium rubrum (Linnaeus, 1758) is an octocoral endemic to the Mediterranean Sea and adjacent Eastern Atlantic Ocean, where
Temporal variation in protein, carbohydrate, and lipid concentrations in Paramuricea clavata (Anthozoa, Octocorallia): evidence for summer–autumn feeding constraints
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It is shown that protein, carbohydrate, and lipid levels may provide a record of episodes in the ecological cycle bearing on the trophic aspects of the target species, provided factors such as natural diet, feeding rates, reproduction, and growth are well understood.
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