The Value of Coralligenous Habitats

Photo of coralligenous habitats

Photo by Frédéric ZUBERER Photo of coralligenous habitats

Photo of coralligenous habitats

Photo by Frédéric ZUBERER Photo of coralligenous habitats

Photo of coralligenous habitats

Photo by Frédéric ZUBERER Photo of coralligenous habitats

Photo of coralligenous habitats

Photo by Frédéric ZUBERER Photo of coralligenous habitats

Photo of a person diving

Photo by Frédéric ZUBERER Photo of a person diving

Description of the coralligenous habitats

Infography by Aurore Basiuk Description of the coralligenous habitats

Results of the study

Infography by Aurore Basiuk Results of the study

Ecosystems of the coralligenous habitats

Infography by Aurore Basiuk Ecosystems of the coralligenous habitats

What do we know about nature? Not a whole lot. According to estimates from the French National Museum of Natural History, we have identified between 1% and 10% of the species on Earth. Marine ecosystems have been greatly damaged from being exploited for our wants and needs, though we still know very little about them and the role they play. Whether it is for biology or economics, we should be diving deep into how these habitats are important on both a large and small scale. This is what Laure Thierry de Ville d’Avray, Dominique Ami, Anne Chenuil, Romain David, and Jean-Pierre Féral have demonstrated by studying a little-known Mediterranean habitat known as ‘coralligene.’

By Laure Thierry de Ville d’Avray

Laure Thierry de Ville d’Avray

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Dominique Ami

Dominique Ami

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Aurore Basiuk

Aurore Basiuk

Sources

Thierry de Ville d’Avray L., Ami D., Chenuil A., David R., Féral J-P., 2019, « Application of the ecosystem service concept at a small scale : The case of coralligenous habitats in the North-western Mediterranean Sea », Marine Pollution Bulletin, 138, 160-170