Typhoon damage on a shallow mesophotic reef in Okinawa, Japan

  title={Typhoon damage on a shallow mesophotic reef in Okinawa, Japan},
  author={Kristine N White and Taku Ohara and Takuma Fujii and Iori Kawamura and Masaru Mizuyama and Javier Montenegro and Haruka Shikiba and Tohru Naruse and TY McClelland and Vianney Denis and J. Reimer},
Little is known about effects of large storm systems on mesophotic reefs. This study reports on how Typhoon 17 (Jelawat) affected Ryugu Reef on Okinawa-jima, Japan in September 2012. Benthic communities were surveyed before and after the typhoon using line intercept transect method. Comparison of the benthic assemblages showed highly significant differences in coral coverage at depths of 25–32 m before and after Typhoon 17. A large deep stand of Pachyseris foliosa was apparently less resistant… 

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