Aponte and Ballantine 2001

scientific article | Deep Sea Res

Depth distribution of algal species on the deep insular fore reef at Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas

Aponte NE, Ballantine DL


Deep-water benthic algal composition and cover were studied with a submersible on the deep fore reef of Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas, from 45 to 150 m. Algal cover decreased from 57% to 16% over this depth range. Although there was substantial overlap in depth distributions, different species or groups of species dominated benthic cover at different depths. Lobophora and Halimeda copiosa co-dominated the fore reef from 45 to 60 m. A Corallinales/Peyssonnelia group was abundant from 60 to 120 m. The Corallinales/Peyssonnelia group shared dominance with Ostreobium between 90 and 120 m. Ostreobium was the only alga observed below 150 m and remained abundant below 200 m. Movement of sand down the fore reef is recognized as having substantial influence on algal cover.

Research sites

Depth range
45- 150 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)


Manned Submersible

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David Ballantine ( 11 pubs)