A comprehensive investigation of mesophotic coral ecosystems in the Hawaiian Archipelago

@article{Pyle2016ACI,
  title={A comprehensive investigation of mesophotic coral ecosystems in the Hawaiian Archipelago},
  author={Richard L. Pyle and Raymond C. Boland and Holly Bolick and Brian W. Bowen and Christina J. Bradley and Corinne N. Kane and Randall K. Kosaki and Ross C. Langston and Ken Longenecker and Anthony D. Montgomery and Frank A. Parrish and Brian N. Popp and John J. B. Rooney and Celiam . Smith and Daniel Wagner and Heather L. Spalding},
  journal={PeerJ},
  year={2016},
  volume={4}
}
Although the existence of coral-reef habitats at depths to 165 m in tropical regions has been known for decades, the richness, diversity, and ecological importance of mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) has only recently become widely acknowledged. During an interdisciplinary effort spanning more than two decades, we characterized the most expansive MCEs ever recorded, with vast macroalgal communities and areas of 100% coral cover between depths of 50–90 m extending for tens of km2 in the… 

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