Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems

  • Yossi Loya
  • Kimberly A. Puglise
  • Tom C.L. Bridge

Part of the Coral Reefs of the World book series (CORW, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard L. Pyle, Joshua M. Copus
      Pages 3-27
  3. Regional Variation in Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley, Timothy Noyes, Struan R. Smith
      Pages 31-45
    3. Marc Slattery, Michael P. Lesser
      Pages 47-56
    4. John K. Reed, Stephanie Farrington, Andy David, Stacey Harter, Shirley A. Pomponi, M. Cristina Diaz et al.
      Pages 57-69
    5. Erika Gress, Joshua D. Voss, Ryan J. Eckert, Gwilym Rowlands, Dominic A. Andradi-Brown
      Pages 71-84
    6. Phillip Dustan, Judith C. Lang
      Pages 85-109
    7. Richard S. Appeldoorn, Monica Alfaro, David L. Ballantine, Ivonne Bejarano, Hector J. Ruíz, Nikolaos V. Schizas et al.
      Pages 111-129
    8. Tyler B. Smith, Marilyn E. Brandt, Viktor W. Brandtneris, Rosmin S. Ennis, Sarah H. Groves, Sennai Habtes et al.
      Pages 131-147
    9. Pedro R. Frade, Pim Bongaerts, Carole C. Baldwin, Arthur C. Trembanis, Rolf P. M. Bak, Mark J. A. Vermeij
      Pages 149-162
    10. Ronaldo Bastos Francini-Filho, Viviana Márquez Velásquez, Marianna Barbosa da Silva, Marcos Rogerio Rosa, Paulo Yukio Gomes Sumida, Hudson Tercio Pinheiro et al.
      Pages 163-198
    11. Gal Eyal, Raz Tamir, Netanel Kramer, Lee Eyal-Shaham, Yossi Loya
      Pages 199-214
    12. Dominic A. Andradi-Brown, Zena Dinesen, Catherine E. I. Head, David M. Tickler, Gwilym Rowlands, Alex D. Rogers
      Pages 215-229
    13. Frederic Sinniger, Saki Harii, Marc Humblet, Yohei Nakamura, Hideo Ohba, Rian Prasetia
      Pages 231-247
    14. Vianney Denis, Derek Soto, Stéphane De Palmas, Yu Ting Vicky Lin, Yehuda Benayahu, Yusheng Michael Huang et al.
      Pages 249-264
    15. Patrick C. Cabaitan, Timothy Joseph R. Quimpo, Edwin E. Dumalagan Jr., Jeffrey Munar, Mary Ann C. Calleja, Ronald Dionnie D. Olavides et al.
      Pages 265-284
    16. Patrick L. Colin, Steven J. Lindfield
      Pages 285-299
    17. Sonia J. Rowley, T. Edward Roberts, Richard R. Coleman, Heather L. Spalding, Eugene Joseph, Mae K. L. Dorricott
      Pages 301-320
    18. Ken Longenecker, T. Edward Roberts, Patrick L. Colin
      Pages 321-336
    19. Andrew Heyward, Ben Radford
      Pages 337-349
    20. Tom C. L. Bridge, Robin J. Beaman, Pim Bongaerts, Paul R. Muir, Merrick Ekins, Tiffany Sih
      Pages 351-367
    21. Richard L. Pyle
      Pages 369-385
    22. Anthony D. Montgomery, Douglas Fenner, Randall K. Kosaki, Richard L. Pyle, Daniel Wagner, Robert J. Toonen
      Pages 387-407
    23. Richard L. Pyle, Joshua M. Copus, Gerald McCormack
      Pages 409-423
    24. Michel Pichon
      Pages 425-443
    25. Heather L. Spalding, Joshua M. Copus, Brian W. Bowen, Randall K. Kosaki, Ken Longenecker, Anthony D. Montgomery et al.
      Pages 445-464
    26. Erin E. Easton, Matthias Gorny, Ariadna Mecho, Javier Sellanes, Carlos F. Gaymer, Heather L. Spalding et al.
      Pages 477-490
  4. Environments, Biodiversity, and Ecology of Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 491-491
    2. William Leggat, Sarah Gierz, Alejandra Hernandez-Agreda, Tracy Danielle Ainsworth
      Pages 493-505
    3. Heather L. Spalding, Gilberto M. Amado-Filho, Ricardo G. Bahia, David L. Ballantine, Suzanne Fredericq, James J. Leichter et al.
      Pages 507-536
    4. Tamar L. Goulet, Matthew Q. Lucas, Nikolaos V. Schizas
      Pages 537-551
    5. Shirley A. Pomponi, M. Cristina Diaz, Rob W. M. Van Soest, Lori J. Bell, Linnet Busutil, Deborah J. Gochfeld et al.
      Pages 563-588
    6. Paul R. Muir, Michel Pichon
      Pages 589-620
    7. Tsuyoshi Watanabe, Takaaki K. Watanabe, Atsuko Yamazaki, Shiori Yoneta, Kohki Sowa, Frederic Sinniger et al.
      Pages 667-681
    8. Marzia Bo, Anthony D. Montgomery, Dennis M. Opresko, Daniel Wagner, Giorgio Bavestrello
      Pages 683-708
    9. Yehuda Benayahu, Tom C. L. Bridge, Patrick L. Colin, Ronen Liberman, Catherine S. McFadden, Oscar Pizarro et al.
      Pages 709-728
    10. Juan A. Sánchez, Luisa F. Dueñas, Sonia J. Rowley, Fanny L. Gonzalez-Zapata, Diana Carolina Vergara, Sandra M. Montaño-Salazar et al.
      Pages 729-747
    11. Richard L. Pyle, Randall K. Kosaki, Hudson T. Pinheiro, Luiz Alves Rocha, Robert K. Whitton, Joshua M. Copus
      Pages 749-777
    12. Ernesto Weil
      Pages 779-800
    13. Samuel E. Kahng, Derya Akkaynak, Tom Shlesinger, Eric J. Hochberg, Jörg Wiedenmann, Raz Tamir et al.
      Pages 801-828
    14. David K. Weinstein, Rebecca L. Maher, Adrienne M. S. Correa
      Pages 829-847
    15. Clark E. Sherman, Stanley D. Locker, Jody M. Webster, David K. Weinstein
      Pages 849-878
  5. Are Shallow and Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Connected?

About this book


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.


Mesophotic coral ecosystems Shallow coral reefs Invasive lionfish Coral reef conservation Coral reef management Ecosystem services Coral diseases The Coral Triangle Scleractinian corals Sclerochronology Antipatharians Octocorals Gorgonians

Editors and affiliations

  • Yossi Loya
    • 1
  • Kimberly A. Puglise
    • 2
  • Tom C.L. Bridge
    • 3
  1. 1.George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, School of ZoologyTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)Silver SpringUSA
  3. 3.Biodiversity and Geosciences ProgramMuseum of Tropical Queensland, Queensland Museum NetworkTownsvilleAustralia

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