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

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dc.contributor.author Hoeksema, Bert W. en
dc.contributor.author Bongaerts, Pim en
dc.contributor.author Baldwin, Carole C. en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-11T13:19:52Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-11T13:19:52Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Hoeksema, Bert W., Bongaerts, Pim, and Baldwin, Carole C. 2017. "<a href="https%3A%2F%2Frepository.si.edu%2Fhandle%2F10088%2F28063">High coral cover at lower mesophotic depths: a dense Agaricia community at the leeward side of Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean</a>." <em>Marine Biodiversity</em>. 47 (1):67&ndash;70. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-015-0431-8">https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-015-0431-8</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 1867-1616
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/28063
dc.description.abstract Coral cover at lower mesophotic depths (particularly &gt;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 leeward side of Curaçao (Southern Caribbean) using a manned submersible (Curasub), and was predominantly composed of plating Agaricia corals and an assemblage of reef fishes. Some of the fish species were known from similar depths at other localities, whereas others obtained new depth records. Future surveys are required to establish the extent of similar high-coral communities around Curaçao, and more broadly in the western Atlantic. en
dc.relation.ispartof Marine Biodiversity en
dc.title High coral cover at lower mesophotic depths: a dense <I>Agaricia</I> community at the leeward side of Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 138643
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s12526-015-0431-8
rft.jtitle Marine Biodiversity
rft.volume 47
rft.issue 1
rft.spage 67
rft.epage 70
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Vertebrate Zoology en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 67
dc.citation.epage 70


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