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

Hoeksema, Bert W., Bongaerts, Pim and Baldwin, Carole C. (2016) High coral cover at lower mesophotic depths: a dense Agaricia community at the leeward side of Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean. Marine Biodiversity, 1-4. doi:10.1007/s12526-015-0431-8


Author Hoeksema, Bert W.
Bongaerts, Pim
Baldwin, Carole C.
Title High coral cover at lower mesophotic depths: a dense Agaricia community at the leeward side of Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean
Formatted title
High coral cover at lower mesophotic depths: a dense Agaricia community at the leeward side of Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean
Journal name Marine Biodiversity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1867-1624
1867-1616
Publication date 2016-01-29
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12526-015-0431-8
Open Access Status DOI
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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 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.
Keyword Coral community
Depth records
Foliaceous corals
Manned submersible
Reef fishes
Zooxanthellate corals
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Global Change Institute Publications
HERDC Pre-Audit
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Scopus Citation Count Cited 1 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Tue, 09 Feb 2016, 00:30:19 EST by System User on behalf of Learning and Research Services (UQ Library)