By: Dr Michael Schleyer
A recent biodiversity survey of Mayotte’s reefs revealed that it has the richest community of soft corals (Alcyonacea) in the south-west Indian Ocean. Mayotte is an island in Africa located between Mozambique and Madagascar that belongs to France.
Michael Schleyer, a research associate at the Oceanographic Research Institute, took underwater photographs of the soft corals during a survey. Schleyer and Yehuda Benayahu of Tel Aviv University then compiled an illustrated field guide to these reef fauna.
The Soft Corals of Mayotte will be a useful practical reference to reef researchers throughout the western Indian Ocean since it covers 57 species in 24 genera, many of which are found elsewhere in the region. Furthermore, the field guide includes a French translation which was kindly provided by Rémi Garnier, director of Creocean at Réunion.
Springer International Publishing AG and Direction de l’Environnement de l’Aménagement et du Logement (DEAL), Mayotte, kindly gave permission for its electronic distribution.