Lophelia pertusa is a framework building scleractinian coral found between 200 – 1000m in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world. Suspension feeding galatheoid crabs are typically associated with Lophelia thickets and bioherms. Their chelipeds are outstretched to capture particulate organic matter from the water column. Notice the marine snow ‘falling’ in the background. The coral framework provides habitat to numerous associated species of fish and invertebrates. Special thanks to Dr. Ian MacDonald from TAMU-CC for contributing the picture.
Tune in for Coral Week April 27- May 3 at Deep Sea News. Craig made a special banner for the event that reminds him of his last mai-tai and posted it at the top of the page. Can you see it? His banners just keep getting better and better, don’t ya think?