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New depth record of the precious red coral Corallium rubrum for the Mediterranean.

Live colonies of the precious red coral Corallium rubrum have previously been recorded at depths of 600-800 m in the Sicily Channel, but deep-water populations of this species remain poorly known. During a recent research expedition within the 25 nautical mile Fisheries Management Zone around the Maltese Islands, numerous colonies growing deeper than 800 m, down to depths of 1016 m were observed. These colonies were part of a diverse community of habitat-forming species of scleractinians, gorgonians and antipatharians.

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Knittweis, L.; Aguilar, R.; Alvarez, H.; Borg, J.A.; Evans, J.; Garcia, S. & Schembri, P.J. (2016). New depth record of the precious red coral Corallium rubrum for the Mediterranean. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée 41: 467.  


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