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his appendix includes maps showing known locations of struc-
ture-forming deep-sea corals in selected U.S. regions. These
maps represent the coral records in the Deep Sea Coral Re-
search and Technology Program’s national geodatabase. The maps are
for illustrative purposes and are not meant to be used for management
purposes. Due to the resolution of these maps, a single point may in-
clude more than one record.
The data do not represent density of coral cover but rather known loca-
tions of corals that have been compiled by the program to date and re-
ported by taxonomic orders. Compilation of existing data is ongoing,
and information on some orders may be incomplete. Reported coral
locations are limited to where fishing or research has occurred. Thus,
areas where no corals are shown on a map may reflect either an absence
of corals or an absence of sampling. The data sources can be found on
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and include NOAA Fisheries bottom trawl survey and fisher-
ies observer program databases, fishery management council databases,
research cruise results, museum collections, and literature citations.
The boundaries for the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) shown
on the maps are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to
reflect areas claimed by the United States.
Appendix II: Deep-sea coral distribution maps by taxon and region
Anthoathecatae
(Lace Coral)
Antipatharia
(Black Coral)
Gorgonacea
(Gorgonian)
Scleractinia
(Stony Coral)
Taxonomic Order:
N
W
S
E
U.S. Exclusive
Economic Zone
Structure-Forming
Deep-Sea Corals
of the
West Coast
Anthoathecatae
(Lace Coral)
Antipatharia
(Black Coral)
Gorgonacea
(Gorgonian)
Scleractinia
(Stony Coral)
Taxonomic Order:
N
W
S
E
U.S. Exclusive
Economic Zone
Structure-Forming
Deep-Sea Corals
of the
Southeast
Zoanthidea
(Gold Coral)
Structure-Forming
Deep-Sea Corals of the
Gulf of Mexico
Taxonomic Order:
Anthoathecatae (Lace Coral)
Antipatharia (Black Coral)
Gorgonacea (Gorgonian)
Scleractinia (Stony Coral)
U.S. Exclusive
Economic Zone
N
W
S
E
Structure-Forming
Deep-Sea Corals
of Alaska
Taxonomic Order:
Anthoathecatae (Lace Coral)
Antipatharia (Black Coral)
Gorgonacea (Gorgonian)
U.S. Exclusive
Economic Zone
N
W
S
E
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