Diversity and endemism of the benthic seamount fauna in the southwest Pacific

  title={Diversity and endemism of the benthic seamount fauna in the southwest Pacific},
  author={Bertrand Richer de Forges and J. Anthony Koslow and Gary C. B. Poore},
Seamounts comprise a unique deep-sea environment, characterized by substantially enhanced currents and a fauna that is dominated by suspension feeders, such as corals. The potential importance of these steep-sided undersea mountains, which are generally of volcanic origin, to ocean biogeography and diversity was recognized over 40 years ago, but this environment has remained very poorly explored. A review of seamount biota and biogeography reported a total of 597 invertebrate species recorded… CONTINUE READING

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