Saturday, 15 March 2014

Fish species unique to Hawaii dominate deep coral reefs in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Date:
March 13, 2014

Source:
NOAA Headquarters

Summary:
Deep coral reefs in Papahanaumokakea Marine National Monument may contain the highest percentage of fish species found nowhere else on Earth, according to a study. In waters 100-300 feet deep, nearly 50 percent of fish observed over a two-year period were unique to Hawaii -- higher than any other marine ecosystem. The study also found that on some deeper reefs, more than 90 percent were endemic.


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