Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) investigations of the Mediterranean deep continental shelf and bathyal zone have provided, in the last decade, a large amount of data concerning an enigmatic group of anthozoans: the black corals. Taxonomic investigations as well as ecological and biological studies contributed to unveil the diversity, population structure, environmental preferences, bathymetric and geographical distribution of these corals. Remotely operated vehicle footage and accidental bycatch data have provided evidences of large impact by fishing activities on the Mediterranean black coral forests such that today, due also to their important ecological role as structuring species, they are considered part of vulnerable marine ecosystems and conservation strategies need to be developed targeting their protection.
|Titolo:||Mediterranean black coral communities|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||02.01 - Contributo in volume (Capitolo o saggio)|