Mesophotic.org is an on-line resource database that serves as a repository for information on Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems (MCEs). The term Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems refers to light-dependent coral communities (and associated communities of algal, sponge and fish species) that occur in the deepest half of the photic zone (starting at 30-40 m and extending to over 150 m) in tropical and subtropical regions. Previously, this depth range has also been referred to as the twilight zone.
MCEs have received very little attention compared to shallow sections of coral reefs due to logistical constraints. However, recent developments in scientific diving (rebreather technology, mixed gas diving: nitrox/trimix) and underwater robotics (ROV, AUV) have sparked a recent interest in these deep reef communities. The purpose of this database is to function as a central repository for this relatively new field of research and make the information available to researchers, managers, policy makers and the general public.
International Mesophotic Workshop – Eilat 2014
We are pleased to inform you that an International Mesophotic Workshop will be h…
Mesophotic session at the ASLO/TOS/AGU 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting (Hawai’i)
The ASLO/TOS/AGU 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting will be held in Honolulu February 2…
A new blenny described from the deep reefs off Curacao
Carole Baldwin and Ross Robertson document a new Haptoclinus blenny from the dee…
New paper in Nature Climate Change calling for the increased protection of mesophotic coral ecosystems
A new commentary paper in Nature Climate Change has been published calling for t…
Florida university to take over operations of Aquarius underwater habitat
The Florida International University will be taking over operations of the Aquar…
Identifying Suitable Locations for Mesophotic Hard Corals Offshore of Maui, Hawai‘i
B Costa, M S Kendall, F A Parrish, J Rooney, R C Boland, M Chow, J Lecky, A Mont…
Fertile fathoms: Deep reproductive refugia for threatened shallow corals
D M Holstein, T B Smith, J Gyory and C B Paris Scientific Reports (2015) 5, 1240…
Spectral Diversity and Regulation of Coral Fluorescence in a Mesophotic Reef Habitat in the Red Sea.
G Eyal, J Wiedenmann, M Grinblat, C D’Angelo, E Kramarsky-Winter, T Treibi…
Fluorescent proteins in dominant mesophotic reef-building corals
M S Roth, J L Padilla-Gamiño, X Pochon, R R Bidigare, R D Gates, C M Smith and H…