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Marine Biology

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 29–38 | Cite as

Observation and collection of deep-reef fishes off the coasts of Jamaica and British Honduras (Belize)

  • P. L. Colin
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Abstract

Over 60 species of reef fishes were observed from submersibles between 50 and 305 m depth, and 25 species were collected from the same depth range using fish traps and submersibles. Short transects gave relative abundance of some species with depth. Many shallow-water coral-reef fishes reach depths far below the lower growth limits of reef-building corals. A true “deep-reef” fauna exists, but the juveniles of some of these species are found at depths of less than 50 m.

Keywords

Relative Abundance Lower Growth Growth Limit Depth Range Reef Fish 
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© Springer-Verlag 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. L. Colin
    • 1
  1. 1.Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric ScienceUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA

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