Occurrence data of five main species (Enallopsammia rostrata, Goniocorella dumosa, Madrepora oculata, Oculina virgosa, and Solenosmilia variabilis) of habitat-forming cold water corals in the New Zealand region. Determining the distribution of habitat forming scleractinian corals in the New Zealand region is necessary in order to understand the ecological significance of these taxa and the likely impact of anthropogenic activities on their persistence. Historical records from early publications, research trawl surveys, commercial fishing bycatch and recent biodiversity surveys were compiled for the habitat-forming coral species Madrepora oculata, Solenosmilia variabilis, Goniocorella dumosa, Enallopsammia rostrata and Oculina virgosa. These data were used to describe the observed depth, geographic distribution and geomorphic habitat associations of the study corals in the region.
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Tracey, D.M, Rowden, A.A., Mackay, K.A., and Compton, T. (2014). Habitat-forming cold-water corals in the New Zealand region. Southwestern Pacific OBIS, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Wellington, New Zealand, 631 records, Online http://nzobisipt.niwa.co.nz/resource.do?r=niwacorals released on May 8, 2014.
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New Zealand EEZ
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [-56.317, -170], North East [-26.715, 157]|
Habitat-forming cold water corals
|Species||Solenosmilia variabilis, Goniocorella dumosa, Enallopsammia rostrata, Oculina virgosa, Madrepora oculata|
|Start Date / End Date||1954-02-01 / 2009-07-15|
- Tracey, D.M, Rowden, A.A., Mackay, K.A., and Compton, T. 2011. Habitat-forming cold-water corals show affinity for seamounts in the New Zealand region. Marine Ecology Progress Series Vol. 430: 1-22
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