Simon et al. 2016

scientific article | J Fish Biol

Mesophotic fishes of the Abrolhos Shelf, the largest reef ecosystem in the South Atlantic

Simon T, Pinheiro HT, Moura RL, Carvalho-Filho A, Rocha LA, Martins AS, Mazzei E, Francini-Filho RB, Amado-Filho GM, Joyeux J-C

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Fishes inhabiting rhodolith beds and reefs at mesophotic depths on the Abrolhos Shelf, which encompasses the largest and richest coral reef formation in the South Atlantic Ocean, were assessed through technical diving and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). A total of 74 fish species were recorded, including at least one new species, one new record for the south-western Atlantic and six new records for the Abrolhos region. Overfishing, mining and port activities are already threatening many endangered and commercially important species recorded on the mesophotic reefs of Abrolhos Shelf, and the establishment of marine protected areas and off-reserve fisheries regulations are urgently needed.

Research sites

10.1111   jfb.12967
Meta-data (pending validation)
Depth range
50- 90 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
13 x (total of 2720 words)

Biodiversity Fisheries Management and Conservation

Research focus

Brazil - Eastern Brazil

Research platforms
Diving - Technical Open-Circuit Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Author profiles
Ronaldo Francini-Filho ( 10 pubs)
Hudson Pinheiro ( 7 pubs)
Luiz Rocha ( 7 pubs)