The “Sardinian cold-water coral province” in the context of the Mediterranean coral ecosystems

  title={The “Sardinian cold-water coral province” in the context of the Mediterranean coral ecosystems},
  author={M. Taviani and L. Angeletti and S. Canese and R. Cannas and F. Cardone and A. Cau and M. C. Follesa and F. Marchese and P. Montagna and C. Tessarolo},
  journal={Deep-sea Research Part Ii-topical Studies in Oceanography},
Abstract A new cold-water coral (CWC) province has been identified in the Mediterranean Sea in the Capo Spartivento canyon system offshore the southern coast of Sardinia. The ‘Sardinia cold-water coral province’ is characterized in the Nora canyon by a spectacular coral growth dominated by the branching scleractinian Madrepora oculata at a depth of 380–460 m. The general biohermal frame is strengthened by the common occurrence of the solitary scleractinian Desmophyllum dianthus and the… Expand
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