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Title: Recent discoveries of extensive cold-water coral assemblages in Maltese waters
Other Titles: Mediterranean cold-water corals : past, present and future
Authors: Knittweis, Leyla
Evans, Julian
Aguilar, Ricardo
Álvarez, Helena
Borg, Joseph A.
García, Silvia
Schembri, Patrick J.
Keywords: Alcyonacea -- Malta
Anthozoa -- Malta
Black corals -- Malta
Biodiversity -- Malta
Biodiversity -- Mediterranean Region
Scleractinia -- Malta
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Citation: Knittweis, L., Evans, J., Aguilar, R., Álvarez, H., Borg, J. A., Garcia, S., & Schembri, P. J. (2019) Recent discoveries of extensive cold-water coral assemblages in Maltese waters. In C. Orejas & C. Jiménez (Eds.), Mediterranean cold-water corals: past, present and future (pp. 253-255). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG.
Abstract: Recent deep-water remotely operated vehicle surveys around the Maltese Islands resulted in the discovery of highly diverse habitats, including extensive hard bottom areas dominated by gorgonians and living cold-water corals with a rich variety of associated fauna. Black coral (Leiopathes glaberrima) forests were dominant at 200– 400 m, whilst stony reef-forming corals (in particular Madrepora oculata) were most abundant in waters deeper than 500 m. The gorgonian Callogorgia verticillata was dominant in places over the entire depth range, but was particularly abundant at depths of 800–1000 m. Such cold-water coral assemblages are of high conservation interest, and offshore marine protected areas are urgently required in order to protect these very diverse, but highly vulnerable, deep-sea habitats.
ISBN: 9783319916071
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