Hillis-Colinvaux 1986

scientific article | Coral Reefs

Halimeda growth and diversity on the deep fore-reef of Enewetak Atoll

Hillis-Colinvaux L


The deep fore-reef at Enewetak has been examined from the submersible Makali'i. Green algae grow to about -150 m at photon flux densities of approximately 1 μEm-2s-1. Halimeda cover is ≧50% at many sites down to -90 m. Halimeda populations are important within the zone of scleractinian corals down to about -65 m, while a Halimeda zone with low coral cover or lacking corals between -65 m and -150 m probably is an important source of reef carbonate. Halimedas of the deep fore-reef, like those of the lagoon, constitute an important structural component in reef building. Other calcareous green algae such as Tydemania are less important on the deep fore-reef, but growth of coralline red algae continues to over -200m. Halimeda diversity is high down to near the base of the euphotic zone.

Research sites
Depth range
30- 367 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
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* Presents original data
* Focused on `mesophotic` depth range
* Focused on `mesophotic coral ecosystem`

Community structure

Algae (Macro, Turf and Crustose Coralline)

Micronesia - Marshall Islands

Manned Submersible

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