Some Leeward Reefs and Corals of Cozumel, Mexico
Abstract:The leeward shore of Isla Cozumel, Mexico, supports small fringing reefs, linear patch reefs, and rich shelf-edge reefs, These reefs are found primarily on sloping areas of the sand-covered shelf off the western shore of Cozumel. Although found on a leeward shore, the shelf-edge reefs have an irregular, high-relief spur and groove system. Thirty eight species and 13 forms of stony corals were found, with a species diversity and coral cover greater than on the Yucatan coast. Acropora palmata and A. cervicornis were less common than on most other Caribbean reefs, corresponding to the lack of a rich shallow forereef zone.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 1988
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