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Diverse Staghorn Coral Fauna on the Mesophotic Reefs of North-East Australia

Fig 6

Morphological changes with depth.

(A) Deep-water specialists A. pichoni collected 40 m and (B) A. tenella collected 52 m, (C) depth generalist A. echinata collected 40 m (D) typical morphology for inter-tidal species A. humilis collected 1 m (E) depth generalist A. granulosa from 46 m depth and (F) from 7 m depth. Staghorn corals collected at depths ≥ 40 m generally have laterally flattened branches, a lighter and more fragile skeleton and increased spacing between corallites and branches. Scale bars: 1cm.

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