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Other research product . Other ORP type . Collection . 2014

First record of Antipathella subpinnata in the Azores, supplement to: de Matos, Valentina K F; Gomes-Pereira, José N; Tempera, Fernando; Ribeiro, Pedro A; Braga-Henriques, Andreia; Porteiro, Filipe (2014): First record of Antipathella subpinnata (Anthozoa, Antipatharia) in the Azores (NE Atlantic), with description of the first monotypic garden for this species. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 99, 113-121

de Matos, Valentina K F; Gomes-Pereira, José N; Tempera, Fernando; Ribeiro, Pedro A; Braga-Henriques, Andreia; Porteiro, Filipe;
Open Access
English
Published: 01 Jan 2014
Publisher: PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Abstract
The first record of Antipathella subpinnata ( Ellis and Solander, 1786) for the Azores archipelago is presented based on bottom longline by-catch analysis and ROV seafloor surveys, extending the species western-most boundary of distribution in the NE Atlantic. The species was determined using classic taxonomy and molecular analysis targeting nuclear DNA. Although maximum spine height on Azorean colonies branchlets is slightly smaller than that reported from Mediterranean colonies (0.12 vs 0.16 mm), the analysis of partial 18S rDNA, complete ITS1, 5.8S, ITS2 and partial 28S rDNA suggests that the Azorean and Mediterranean specimens belong to the same species. Video surveys of an A. subpinnata garden detected near Pico Island are used to provide the first in situ description of the species habitat in the region and the first detailed description of a black coral garden in the NE Atlantic. With A. subpinnata being the only coral found between 150 and 196 m depths, this is the deepest black coral garden recorded in the NE Atlantic and the first one to be monospecific. The species exhibited a maximum density of 2.64 colonies/m**2 and occurred across a surface area estimated at 67,333 m**2, yielding a local population estimate of 50,500 colonies.
Subjects

Ecosystem based management of corals, fish and fisheries in the deep waters of Europe and beyond CoralFISH, Earth System Research, Ecosystem based management of corals, fish and fisheries in the deep waters of Europe and beyond (CoralFISH)

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EC| CORALFISH
Project
CORALFISH
Assessment of the interaction between corals, fish and fisheries, in order to develop monitoring and predictive modelling tools for ecosystem based management in the deep waters of Europe and beyond
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 213144
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP1 | ENV
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European Marine Science Marine Environmental Science : CORALFISH
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