Publications:

Kahng et al. 2014


scientific review | Curr Opin Environ Sustain | open access

Recent advances in the ecology of mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs)

Kahng SE, Copus JM, Wagner D



Abstract

While substantial mesophotic coral ecosystem (MCE) habitat (>30-40 m) remains uninvestigated, recent investigations show that the extent of both MCE habitat and species diversity is greater than previously thought. The depth distributions and biogeographic ranges for many shallow-water organisms have also been historically underestimated. The upper mesophotic is home to many shallow-water marine organisms and represents a transition zone between shallow-water and lower mesophotic communities. The lower mesophotic represents a distinct community with some species exhibiting special physiological adaptations. Therefore, vertical connectivity is predominantly relevant between the upper mesophotic and shallow-water reefs. In some cases vertical connectivity is restricted due to genetic adaptation to these opposing reef habitats. Horizontal connectivity between MCEs remains largely unknown and represents an important avenue for future research.

Keywords
Meta-data (pending validation)
Depth range
2- 396 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
89 x (total of 4632 words)

Fields
Connectivity
Physiology
Biodiversity
Ecology

Focusgroups
Fishes
Scleractinia (Hard Corals)
Symbiodinium (zooxanthellae)
Overall benthic (groups)

Author profiles
Joshua Copus ( 5 pubs)
Sam Kahng ( 14 pubs)
Daniel Wagner ( 25 pubs)