Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems

Tom C. L Bridge (Editor), Yossi Loya (Editor), Kimberly A Puglise (Editor)

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This book summarizes what is known about mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) geographically and by major taxa. MCEs are characterized by light-dependent corals and associated communities typically found at depths ranging from 30-40 m and extending to over 150 m in tropical and subtropical ecosystems. They are populated with organisms typically associated with shallow coral reefs, such as macroalgae, corals, sponges, and fishes, as well as specialist species unique to mesophotic depths. During the past decade, there has been an increasing scientific and management interest in MCEs expressed by the exponential increase in the number of publications studying this unique environment. Despite their close proximity to well-studied shallow reefs, and the growing evidence of their importance, our scientific knowledge of MCEs is still in its early stages. The topics covered in the book include: regional variation in MCEs; similarities and differences between mesophotic and shallow reef taxa, biotic and abiotic conditions, biodiversity, ecology, geomorphology, and geology; potential connectivity between MCEs and shallow reefs; MCE disturbances, conservation, and management challenges; and new technologies, key research questions/knowledge gaps, priorities, and future directions in MCE research.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing; Imprint: Springer
Number of pages983
Edition1st ed. 2019
ISBN (Electronic)3319927353, 9783319927350
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameCoral Reefs of the World
PublisherSpringer International Publishing; Imprint: Springer
ISSN (Electronic)2213-719X

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Biodiversity
  • Climatic changes
  • Conservation biology
  • Ecology
  • Fresh water
  • Marine sciences
  • Oceanography
  • שינויי אקלים
  • אוקיינוגרפיה
  • Biological diversification
  • Biological diversity
  • Biotic diversity
  • Diversification, Biological
  • Diversity, Biological
  • Changes, Climatic
  • Climate change
  • Climate changes
  • Climate variations
  • Climatic change
  • Climatic fluctuations
  • Climatic variations
  • Global climate changes
  • Global climatic changes
  • Ecology -- מאמרים
  • אקולוגיה
  • Balance of nature
  • Biology -- Ecology
  • Bionomics
  • Ecological processes
  • Ecological science
  • Ecological sciences
  • Environment -- Ecology
  • Environmental biology
  • Oecology
  • Fresh waters
  • Freshwater
  • Freshwaters
  • Inland water
  • Inland waters
  • Ocean sciences
  • Oceanography -- Videorecordings
  • Oceanography, Physical
  • Oceanology
  • Physical oceanography
  • Thalassography
  • אוקינוגרפיה


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