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dc.contributor.authorKnittweis, Leyla-
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Julian-
dc.contributor.authorAguilar, Ricardo-
dc.contributor.authorÁlvarez, Helena-
dc.contributor.authorBorg, Joseph A.-
dc.contributor.authorGarcía, Silvia-
dc.contributor.authorSchembri, Patrick J.-
dc.identifier.citationKnittweis, 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.en_GB
dc.description.abstractRecent 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.en_GB
dc.publisherSpringer International Publishingen_GB
dc.subjectAlcyonacea -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectAnthozoa -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectBlack corals -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectBiodiversity -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectBiodiversity -- Mediterranean Regionen_GB
dc.subjectScleractinia -- Maltaen_GB
dc.titleRecent discoveries of extensive cold-water coral assemblages in Maltese watersen_GB
dc.title.alternativeMediterranean cold-water corals : past, present and futureen_GB
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