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The primary entities in the database are scientific publications, for which standard citation data and the full-text contents are indexed. In addition, the following metadata are manually curated, and validated by at least 3 editorial members:
false. Indicates whether the publications presents data from, or a discussion on, the mesophotic depth range (
true), or whether it is focused on another depth range (e.g. shallow or deep-sea) but relevant to mesophotic studies (
false), and therefore included in the database. The upper depth limit for the mesophotic range is 30 m with the lower depth limit determined by the presence of light-dependent / photosynthesizing taxa (e.g. corals or macro-algae). A study on Mediterranean azooxanthellate corals at 80 m depth in a habitat with macro-algae, is categorized as mesophotic (
true), but not as a "coral reef".
false. Indicates whether the publication presents data from a (sub)tropical coral reef environment (
true), or instead from a temperate environment (
false. Indicates whether the publication presents novel data (
true) or instead represents a review or meta-analysis (
false. Indicates whether the publications presents the description of one or more new species (
true). Publications reporting on new species without describing them are not included.
integer(in meters). Indicates the shallowest / deepest data record (e.g. specimen or transect) in the presented dataset or meta-analysis (using normal rounding to obtain
integer). Only given for publications that present `Original data`. Personal observations mentioned in the publication are not included.
Indicates the platform(s) used to collect the presented data. Only
given for publications that present `Original data`.
Acoustic Telemetry3 ,
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)17 ,
Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV)3 ,
Coring / drilling3 ,
Diving (unspecified)49 ,
Diving - Regular Open-Circuit68 ,
Diving - Technical Open-Circuit56 ,
Diving - Technical Rebreather48 ,
Dredging / trawling9 ,
Manned Submersible77 ,
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)50 ,
Towed Video3 .
Indicates the research field(s) the publication can be categorized
Community structure155 ,
Long-term monitoring19 ,
Methods and Technology0 ,
Molecular ecology63 ,
Indicates the focal taxon/taxa of the publication.
Actiniaria (Sea anemones)2 ,
Alcyonacea (Soft Corals)23 ,
Algae (Macro, Turf and Crustose Coralline)41 ,
Antipatharia (Black Corals)9 ,
Bacteria and Archaea9 ,
Milleporina (Fire Corals)2 ,
Other endosymbionts (non-Symbiodinium)0 ,
Other invertebrates3 ,
Overall benthic (groups)77 ,
Porifera (Sponges)15 ,
Scleractinia (Hard Corals)137 ,
Symbiodinium (zooxanthellae)52 ,
Indicates the geographic location the publication focuses on.
American Samoa1 ,
Australia-Coral Sea7 ,
Australia-Northern Australia1 ,
Australia-Scott Reef3 ,
Australia-Western Australia4 ,
Brazil-Eastern Brazil6 ,
Brazil-Espirito Santo2 ,
Brazil-Fernando Noronha1 ,
Brazil-Northeast Brazil6 ,
Brazil-St Peter and St Paul Archipelago2 ,
Brazil-Trindade and Martin Vaz5 ,
Cayman Islands8 ,
Chuuk atoll1 ,
Cook Islands1 ,
Costa Rica0 ,
French Polynesia1 ,
Galapagos Islands1 ,
Honduras-Bay Islands5 ,
Italy-Ligurian Sea2 ,
Italy-Tyrrhenian Sea3 ,
Johnston Atoll7 ,
Mariana Islands2 ,
Marshall Islands6 ,
Panama-Pacific Ocean2 ,
Puerto Rico31 ,
San Salvador1 ,
Saudi Arabia1 ,
South Africa1 ,
Spain-Mediterranean Sea9 ,
St Vincent1 ,
Sudan-Red Sea1 ,
São Tomé and Príncipe0 ,
Turks and Caicos1 ,
US Virgin Islands34 ,
USA-Gulf of Mexico6 ,
USA-North Carolina1 ,
Venezuela-Los Hermanos1 .
coordinates. Provides a list the names (if given) and coordinates (in decimal degrees) of study sites listed in the publication. If coordinates are not listed, a rough approximation is given and the site is marked as
2016-now: The second (latest) release: A beta version of the new mesophotic.org went on-line in June 2016, coinciding with the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Hawai'i (USA). This new version is backed by a relational database that contains extensive metadata on all of the listed publications, and offers searching across the full contents of the indexed publications.
2012-2016: Wordpress & social media: Over the past several years, a simplified semi-static (Wordpress) version with just news items and a list of publications/abstracts replaced the original (databases-backed) website. Admittedly only as a temporary solution, however due to a lack of time a new back-end was not developed until 2016. Instead, there was an increased focus on using social media (Facebook and Twitter) to communicate news around mesophotic coral ecosystems.
2008-2011: The original release: The mesophotic.org website officially went on-line in 2008 when it was first announced at the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale (Florida / USA) and the International Collaborative Workshop to Prioritize Research and Management Needs for Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems in Jupiter (Florida / USA). The original website was started by Pim Bongaerts (The University of Queensland), with support from Felix Martinez and Lara Hinderstein (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration - Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research). Over these initial years, the website received small grants from the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR/NOAA), the Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS), the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPR) and the Pacific Blue Foundation. The website eventually went down due to being hacked (and admittedly not the most secure PHP coding practises).