Recommendations for best practice in deep-sea habitat classification: Bullimore et al. as a case study.
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Roberts, J. Murray
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We assert that the reef framework-forming coral, Solenosmilia variabilis Duncan, 1873, is sometimes incorrectly recorded as another coral, Lophelia pertusa (Linnaeus, 1758) in surveys of deep-sea habitat (e.g. Bullimore, R., Foster, N., and Howell, K. 2013. Coral-characterized benthic assemblages of the deep Northeast Atlantic: defining “Coral Gardens” to support future habitat mapping efforts. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 70: 511–522). Accurate species lists are critical for developing robust deep-sea habitat classification schemes that allow us to map the distribution of different vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) and predict their occurrences under future climate change scenarios, both of which help prioritize areas for marine protected areas. We recommend that the survey reported by Bullimore et al. (2013), as well as analogous surveys, consider the likelihood of Solenosmilia having been misidentified, and revise their data if necessary. We also make two further recommendation.....
JournalICES Journal of Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.A
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Benthic invertebrate abundance and distribution
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
CitationHenry, L-A. and Roberts, J.M. (2014) Recommendations for best practice in deep-sea habitat classification: Bullimore et al. as a case study. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 71,pp. 895–898. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fst175
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