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Some Leeward Reefs and Corals of Cozumel, Mexico

Author: Fenner, Douglas P.

Source: Bulletin of Marine Science, Volume 42, Number 1, January 1988 , pp. 133-144(12)

Publisher: University of Miami - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

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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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