Depth Range Extension for the Misty Grouper Hyporthodus mystacinus Documented via Deep-Sea Landers throughout the Greater Caribbean

Shannon E. Aldridge, Olivia F. L. Dixon, Christine De Silva, Johanna K. Kohler, Oliver N. Shipley, Brennan T. Phillips, Teresa F. Fernandes, Timothy Austin, Rupert F. Ormond, Mauvis A. Gore, Austin J. Gallagher

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Abstract

Misty Groupers (Hyporthodus mystacinus) are one of the largest and most geographically widespread grouper species and one of the few grouper species known to occur at depths greater than 200 m. However, aspects of their basic biology, behavior, and ecology remain poorly understood, leaving significant gaps in our ability to evaluate their functional role throughout the vertical water column, as well as our understanding of their conservation needs in a changing ocean. Through in-situ video observation obtained using deep-sea landers in both The Bahamas and Cayman Islands over multiple years, we documented Misty Grouper occurrence up to 470 m depth in the mesopelagic zone. These observations provide a new depth range extension for the species and illuminate the potential importance of deep-water habitats for large grouper species in the wider Caribbean.
Original languageEnglish
Article number114
JournalFishes
Volume9
Issue number4
Early online date22 Mar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024

Keywords

  • Misty Grouper
  • deep-sea
  • MPA
  • Caribbean
  • depth
  • BRUV

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