First record of a mesophotic Pachyseris foliosa reef from Japan

  title={First record of a mesophotic Pachyseris foliosa reef from Japan},
  author={Taku Ohara and Takuma Fujii and Iori Kawamura and Masaru Mizuyama and Javier Montenegro and Haruka Shikiba and Kristine N. White and James Davis Reimer},
  journal={Marine Biodiversity},
Mesophotic reefs have been reported from Okinawa in the past (Yamazato 1972) and since then little information on their occurrence and abundance has been added (but see Sinniger et al. 2012). In 2011, a previously unknown reef at 25–45 m depth was discovered off the west coast of Onna Village, Okinawa. Surprisingly, the reef consisted primarily of Pachyseris foliosa Veron, 1990, (Fig. 1a, b) which has not previously been recorded from Japan (Veron 1990). Identification of the corals was… CONTINUE READING

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