Olson and Kellogg 2010

scientific review | FEMS Microbiol Ecol

Microbial ecology of corals, sponges, and algae in mesophotic coral environments

Olson JB, Kellogg CA


Mesophotic coral ecosystems that occur at depths from 30 to 200 m have historically been understudied and yet appear to support a diverse biological community. The microbiology of these systems is particularly poorly understood, especially with regard to the communities associated with corals, sponges, and algae. This lack of information is partly due to the problems associated with gaining access to these environments and poor reproducibility across sampling methods. To summarize what is known about the microbiology of these ecosystems and to highlight areas where research is urgently needed, an overview of the current state of knowledge is presented. Emphasis is placed on the characterization of microbial populations, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic, associated with corals, sponges, and algae and the factors that influence microbial community structure. In topic areas where virtually nothing is known from mesophotic environments, the knowledge pertaining to shallow-water ecosystems is summarized to provide a starting point for a discussion on what might be expected in the mesophotic zone.

Depth range
3- 200 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
76 x (total of 5867 words)

* Focused on 'mesophotic' depth range
* Focused on 'mesophotic coral ecosystem'

Molecular ecology

Bacteria and Archaea
Symbiodinium (zooxanthellae)
Algae (Macro, Turf and Crustose Coralline)
Porifera (Sponges)

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