High coral cover at lower mesophotic depths: a dense Agaricia community at the leeward side of Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean

@article{Hoeksema2015HighCC,
  title={High coral cover at lower mesophotic depths: a dense Agaricia community at the leeward side of Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean},
  author={Bert W Hoeksema and Pim Bongaerts and Carole C. Baldwin},
  journal={Marine Biodiversity},
  year={2015},
  volume={47},
  pages={67-70}
}
Coral cover at lower mesophotic depths (particularly >75 m) by zooxanthellate scleractinians is usually very scarce, largely due to the extremely low irradiance levels at these depths. An exception are the Leptoseris communities observed near the Hawaiian islands (Central Pacific) that form dense fields, supporting a broad range of associated organisms. Here, we describe a similar high-cover coral community at lower mesophotic depths, but in the Caribbean. The community was observed on the… CONTINUE READING
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