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Littler et al. 1986


scientific article | Deep Sea Res A

Deep-water plant communities from an uncharted seamount off San Salvador Island, Bahamas: distribution, abundance, and primary productivity

Littler MM, Littler DS, Blair SM, Norris JN



Abstract

Studies from a submersible on a seamount off San Salvador (Bahamas) revealed a diverse multilayered macrophyte community, with net productivity levels comparable to shallow water seaweeds although receiving only 1–2% of the light energy available at the surface. Four zonal assemblages occur over the depth range from 81 to 268 m and consist of a Labophora-dominated group (81–90 m), a Halimeda assemblage (90–130 m), a Peyssonnelia group (130–189 m), and a crustose coralline zone (189–268 m). This deep flora is composed of unique deep-water taxa combined with shallow water forms characteristics of shaded, low-light conditions.

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Meta-data
Depth range
81- 268 m

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

Fields
Community structure
Biodiversity
Physiology
Ecology

Focusgroups
Algae (Macro, Turf and Crustose Coralline)

Locations
Bahamas

Platforms
Manned Submersible

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