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Extension of the known distribution of the scleractinian coral Leptoseris troglodyta to the southwestern Indian Ocean: new record from mesophotic caves in Mayotte

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Leptoseris troglodyta, a cavernicolous azooxanthellate scleractinian coral, was found in a number of submarine caves openings at mesophotic depth (65–90 m) on the fore reef slopes of the reefs of Mayotte. It is the first record of the species in the Indian Ocean and at mesophotic depths.
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Affiliations: 1: Deep Blue Exploration, Mayotte 2: Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville, Australia 3: USR 3278 CRIOBE, CNRS, PSL Université Paris, EPHE, UPVD, Perpignan, France 4: Laboratoire d’Excellence “CORAIL”, Paris, France 5: UMR 9220 ENTROPIE, IRD, Université de La Réunion, CNRS, Perpignan, France 6: Natural History Museum of Nice, France

Appeared or available online: April 21, 2020

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