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The mesophotic coral ecosystem

The mesophotic coral ecosystem

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Uploaded 26 May 2016 by GRID-Arendal
Year: 2016 Author: GRID-Arendal/Kristina Thygesen
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MCEs can form on high-angle continental and insular slopes as illustrated here, or on low-angle outer insular shelves and on the tops of submerged banks. Decreased light penetration rather than reduced temperature appears to be the primary limiting factor controlling the depth distribution of MCEs at most locations (Kahng et al. 2010).
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  • Number of sessile species
  • Deepest observations of zooxanthellate scleractinian coral
  • Current extent of MCE studies
  • Ecosystem services of mesophotic coral ecosystems
  • Species restricted to the mesophotic zone in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Mesophotic coral ecosystem case studies
  • Data summary for scleractinian corals at Eilat reef
  • Western Atlantic mesophotic scleractinian species