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Little-known Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Highlighted in Coral Reefs Journal

A huge step forward in increasing the understanding and visibility of mesophotic coral ecosystems has been taken this month with the publication of the first ever section in the journal Coral Reefs (Volume 29, Issue 2, June 2010) dedicated to this emerging field.  This landmark publication comprehensively describes mesophotic coral ecosystems found in tropical and sub-tropical regions in depths ranging from 30-40 m to over 150 m.

These ecosystems have been largely unknown to most managers and researchers.  This set of 10 papers includes the first widely-accepted definition of mesophotic coral ecosystems, reviews on the state of knowledge regarding mesophotic coral ecosystems and their community structure, geomorphology, and the ‘refugia’ hypothesis, as well as seven research articles.

This publication is a direct result of the 2008 Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Workshop  hosted by the Perry Institute for Marine Science and organized by NOAA (National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science).

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