Can mesophotic reefs replenish shallow reefs? Reduced coral reproductive performance casts a doubt.

@article{Shlesinger2018CanMR,
  title={Can mesophotic reefs replenish shallow reefs? Reduced coral reproductive performance casts a doubt.},
  author={Tom Shlesinger and Mila Grinblat and Hanna Rapuano and Tal Amit and Yossi Loya},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2018},
  volume={99 2},
  pages={421-437}
}
Mesophotic coral ecosystems (i.e., deep coral reefs at 30-120 m depth) appear to be thriving while many shallow reefs in the world are declining. Amid efforts to understand and manage their decline, it was suggested that mesophotic reefs might serve as natural refuges and a possible source of propagules for the shallow reefs. However, our knowledge of how reproductive performance of corals alters with depth is sparse. Here, we present a comprehensive study of the reproductive phenology… CONTINUE READING
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