Black coral (Anthozoa, Antipatharia) forest near the western Pontine Islands (Tyrrhenian Sea)

@article{Ingrassia2015BlackC,
  title={Black coral (Anthozoa, Antipatharia) forest near the western Pontine Islands (Tyrrhenian Sea)},
  author={Michela Ingrassia and Leonardo Macelloni and Anny Bosman and Francesco L. Chiocci and Carlo Cerrano and Eleonora Martorelli},
  journal={Marine Biodiversity},
  year={2015},
  volume={46},
  pages={285-290}
}
Dense aggregations of antipatharian corals have been discovered by means of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) photo-imaging off the western Pontine Islands (Central-Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy). These black coral assemblages are mainly composed of Parantipathes larix and Leiopathes glaberrima . This discovery constitutes an update of their habitat distribution for the Mediterranean Sea and is relevant for the development of focused protection measures for the study area.