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Special Issue "Diversity of Coral-Associated Fauna"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
MaRHE (Marine Research and High Education Center),Magoodhoo, Maldives
Interests: coral diseases; coral reef ecology; coral restoration; biodiversity; symbiosis; hydrozoans taxonomy
Coral reefs are one of the most diverse types of ecosystems on Earth and one of the richest in terms of species interactions. Mutualistic, commensalistic, and parasitic associations are extremely abundant in such ecosystems, and this is primarily due to the topographic complexity created by many benthic organisms, such as reef building corals, that provide a plethora of habitats to support an extraordinary diversity of organisms from all kingdoms of life. Scleractinian corals are usually the most likely to provide numerous different habitats and to support many symbiotic relationships. However, many other invertebrate groups, such as sponges, bryozoans, and other cnidarians, establish strict symbiotic relationships with other marine organisms. Despite a few studies that have shown that some associations may increase coral resistance to external disturbances, the nature of these relationships, as well as the factors that drive their establishment, are poorly investigated. Considering that the widespread degradation of coral reef ecosystems endangers the existence of intimate relationships that often go unrecognized, to improve our knowledge on the complex networks connecting the fates of reef species is of paramount importance to identify key vulnerabilities, to predict possible responses to species loss, and hence to address effective conservation actions.
This Special Issue aims to elucidate the hidden diversity of coral reefs, stimulating the description of new associations involving soft and hard corals, without excluding other benthic organisms, such as sponges, bryozoans, tunicates, and other cnidarians. For this reason, we welcome research on the diversity and ecology of coral-associated fauna, as well as studies documenting and evaluating practical monitoring techniques and conservation measures. Particular attention will be given to papers that use multidisciplinary approaches to study several aspects of coral-associated fauna.
Dr. Simone Montano
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- Climate change;
- Threats and impacts;
- Monitoring techniques;
- Morpho-Molecular approach;
- Ecological role.