Stable Isotope composition of particulate organic matter and fauna in a deep Mediterranean cold-water coral bank

Antoine Carlier, E Le Guilloux, Karine Olu, Jozée Sarrazin, F Mastrototaro, Marco Taviani & Jacques Clavier
Cold-water corals (CWC) are frequently reported from deep sites with locally accelerated currents that enhance seabed food particle supply. Moreover, zooplankton likely account for ecologically important prey items, but their contribution to CWC diet remains unquantified. We investigated the benthic food web structure of the recently discovered Santa Maria di Leuca (SML) CWC province (300 to 1100 m depth) located in the oligotrophic northern Ionian Sea. We analyzed stable isotopes (delta13C and delta15N) of the...
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