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Mesophotic coral ecosystems are threatened and ecologically distinct from shallow water reefs
Deep coral reefs are different Coral reefs are under intense pressure from anthropogenically induced climate warming and habitat destruction. It has been suggested that coral reefs in deeper watersExpand
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Upper and lower mesophotic coral reef fish communities evaluated by underwater visual censuses in two Caribbean locations
Despite more than 60 yr of coral reef research using scuba diving, mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) between 30 and 150 m depth remain largely unknown. This study represents the first underwaterExpand
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Deep reef fishes in the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity
The Philippines is often highlighted as the global epicenter of marine biodiversity, yet surveys of reef-associated fishes in this region rarely extend beyond shallow habitats. Here, we improve theExpand
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Large-scale invasion of western Atlantic mesophotic reefs by lionfish potentially undermines culling-based management
The detrimental effects of invasive lionfishes (Pterois volitans and Pterois miles) on western Atlantic shallow reefs are well documented, including declines in coral cover and native fishExpand
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Roa rumsfeldi, a new butterflyfish (Teleostei, Chaetodontidae) from mesophotic coral ecosystems of the Philippines
Abstract A new species of the butterflyfish genus Roa is herein described from the Verde Island Passage in the Philippines, West Pacific Ocean. Roa rumsfeldi sp. n. was found on mesophotic coralExpand
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Ecological insights from environmental disturbances in mesophotic coral ecosystems
Mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) have historically been considered more stable than shallow reefs and thus suggested to provide refuge to coral reef communities against natural and anthropogenicExpand
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Three new species of Chromis (Teleostei, Pomacentridae) from mesophotic coral ecosystems of the Philippines
Abstract Three new species of Chromis (Perciformes, Pomacentridae) from the Philippines, collected between 75–150 m depth, are described by a combination of morphological features and theirExpand
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Plectranthiasahiahiata, a new species of perchlet from a mesophotic ecosystem at Rapa Nui (Easter Island) (Teleostei, Serranidae, Anthiadinae)
Abstract A new species of the perchlet genus Plectranthias is herein described from a single specimen found at Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in the South Pacific. Plectranthiasahiahiata sp. n. wasExpand
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Cirrhilabruswakanda, a new species of fairy wrasse from mesophotic ecosystems of Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa (Teleostei, Labridae)
Abstract Cirrhilabruswakandasp. nov. is described on the basis of the holotype and four paratypes collected between 50 and 80m depth over low-complexity reef and rubble bottoms at the east coast ofExpand
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