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One on Top of the Other: Exploring the Habitat Cascades Phenomenon in Iconic Biogenic Marine Habitats

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Changing Oceans Research Group, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3FE, UK
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Marine Management Team, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Inverdee House, Baxter Street, Aberdeen AB11 9QA, UK
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Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Calabria, 87036 Cosenza, Italy
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Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Catania, 95124 Catania, Italy
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Department of Environment, Faculty of Environment, Ionian University, 29100 Zakynthos, Greece
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Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC), 71500 Heraklion, Greece
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Academic Editors: Bert W. Hoeksema and Zoe Richards
Diversity 2022, 14(4), 290; https://doi.org/10.3390/d14040290
Received: 10 March 2022 / Revised: 6 April 2022 / Accepted: 7 April 2022 / Published: 12 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Collection Interesting Images from the Sea)
Biogenic habitats often form hot spots of biodiversity. However, the role of epibiosis and the ‘habitat cascades’ phenomenon in enhancing structural heterogeneity and biodiversity in biogenic habitats in remote and difficult-to-access areas is little known. In this work, we provide the first insight by exploring epibiosis across remote habitats that often support high levels of biodiversity, i.e., cold-water coral reefs and marine caves. The present study acts as a stepping-stone for the further exploration of ‘habitat cascades’ in habitats where scientific knowledge about this phenomenon is limited. View Full-Text
Keywords: epibiosis; cold-water coral reefs; deep sea; biostalactites; marine caves; habitat engineers; sessile invertebrates epibiosis; cold-water coral reefs; deep sea; biostalactites; marine caves; habitat engineers; sessile invertebrates
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Kazanidis, G.; Guido, A.; Rosso, A.; Sanfilippo, R.; Roberts, J.M.; Gerovasileiou, V. One on Top of the Other: Exploring the Habitat Cascades Phenomenon in Iconic Biogenic Marine Habitats. Diversity 2022, 14, 290. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14040290

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Kazanidis G, Guido A, Rosso A, Sanfilippo R, Roberts JM, Gerovasileiou V. One on Top of the Other: Exploring the Habitat Cascades Phenomenon in Iconic Biogenic Marine Habitats. Diversity. 2022; 14(4):290. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14040290

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Kazanidis, Georgios, Adriano Guido, Antonietta Rosso, Rossana Sanfilippo, J. Murray Roberts, and Vasilis Gerovasileiou. 2022. "One on Top of the Other: Exploring the Habitat Cascades Phenomenon in Iconic Biogenic Marine Habitats" Diversity 14, no. 4: 290. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14040290

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