Cold Water Reefs – An Overview

Cold water, more commonly known as deep-water corals, are found in almost every ocean on the planet. The major species of which, Lophelia pertusa, is a good marker for the distribution of said cold-water reefs. Whilst CW reefs don’t have the same amount of species as their tropical counterparts, they also provide habitat to a number of fish, invertebrate and crustacean organisms. As seen in the map below, usingĀ L. pertusa as a marker, cold water reefs are found mostly in the North East Atlantic, with a large number of them around the UK and Scandinavia.

Global distribution of Lophelia pertusa (Wikimedia Commons)

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