Efficient light‐harvesting of mesophotic corals is facilitated by coral optical traits

Netanel Kramer, Raz Tamir, Or Ben Zvi, Steven Jacques, Yossi Loya & Daniel Wangpraseurt
Sustained light-dependent coral reef communities can be found at a wide range of light environments, extending from the sea level to as deep as 150 m (i.e., mesophotic). How mesophotic corals thrive despite extremely limited light conditions still requires further investigation. Here, we undertook a comprehensive ecophysiological and bio-optical study on four depth-generalist coral species aiming to delineate the functional role that optical trait-properties have in light-harvesting, at contrasting light regimes. We show that the...
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