Identifying zooplankton community changes between shallow and upper-mesophotic reefs on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Caribbean

@inproceedings{AndradiBrown2017IdentifyingZC,
  title={Identifying zooplankton community changes between shallow and upper-mesophotic reefs on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Caribbean},
  author={Dominic A Andradi-Brown and Catherine E I Head and Dan A. Exton and Christina L Hunt and Alfred M. Hendrix and Erika Rodr{\'i}guez-De Gress and Alex David Rogers},
  booktitle={PeerJ},
  year={2017}
}
Mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs, reefs 30-150 m) are understudied, yet the limited research conducted has been biased towards large sessile taxa, such as scleractinian corals and sponges, or mobile taxa such as fishes. Here we investigate zooplankton communities on shallow reefs and MCEs around Utila on the southern Mesoamerican Barrier Reef using planktonic light traps. Zooplankton samples were sorted into broad taxonomic groups. Our results indicate similar taxonomic zooplankton richness… CONTINUE READING
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