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.
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…
“Locally extinct” coral species Seriatopora hystrix found at upper mesophotic depths in Okinawa
A new publication in the journal Coral Reefs documents mesophotic communities of…
Sharing the slope: depth partitioning of agariciid corals and associated Symbiodinium across shallow and mesophotic habitats (2-60 m) on a Caribbean reef.
P Bongaerts, P R Frade, J J Ogier, K B Hay, J van Bleijswijk, N Englebert, M J H…
Mesophotic coral reefs of the Puerto Rico Shelf
R A Armstrong and H Singh Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHab Atla…
Typhoon damage on a shallow mesophotic reef in Okinawa, Japan
K N White, T Ohara, T Fujii, I Kawamura, M Mizuyama, J Montenegro, H Shikiba, T…
Polyphyly and hidden species among Hawaiʻi’s dominant mesophotic coral genera, Leptoseris and Pavona (Scleractinia: Agariciidae)
D G Luck, Z H Forsman, R J Toonen, S J Leicht and S E Kahng PeerJ (2013) 1:e132 …